Thomas Fisher was handed a life sentence at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday.
A judge ordered the 23-year-old to be treated in a psychiatric hospital after Fiona Fisher was found dead at their home in East Sussex in April.
Officers discovered a journal in which he described how his mother, the rest of his family, the monarchy, the judiciary and some women including “Russian girls” were responsible for “messing up his life”.
Mad or bad? Certainly dangerous to know…
Acting amid “overwhelming anger” and encouraged by voices in his head, Fisher said he stood over his mother with a knife for at least 15 minutes while she slept on April 26 before stabbing her once in the chest, the court heard.
Fisher had not been diagnosed with any mental health disorders in medical assessments leading up to the death.
He was charged with murder and due to stand trial last month.
The prosecution decided to accept an alternative guilty plea for manslaughter by diminished responsibility after psychiatrists said they believe he has paranoid schizophrenia.
Taking the path of least resistance again, CPS?
Mrs Fisher’s parents Dorothy and Alun, stepfather Les and daughter Megan said in a statement: “We would like to put on record that although the recommendation by the Crown Prosecution Service was to accept manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, it was our wish for Tom Fisher to stand trial for murder.”
The victims don’t get a say. That’s not what the modern ‘justice’ system is for.
The court heard Mrs Fisher was a loving mother but her relationship with her son broke down in 2015 after he had to give up playing guitar due to a medical condition in his fingers and returned to the UK from studying music in America.
He turned to a cocktail of drugs including “huge amounts of cannabis” and cocaine as well as alcohol and gambling, leaving his family struggling to cope with his escalating behaviour.
Fisher spent the next few years living intermittently with his mother or his father and stepmother as well as in hostels and rented accommodation while failing to hold down a job.
He was given a suspended prison sentence after twice burgling her house before her death.
So not a case of a good man struck down by something out of his control at all. This ‘madness’ was entirely self-inflicted.
Eloise Marshall, defending, said: “He has never had a history of violence. He wants to get better.”
His mother won’t. Why should he?