May 03, 2018

Brothers charged after elderly mother found ‘lying in faeces’

Two men have been charged with manslaughter after leaving their 73-year-old mother to suffer such extreme neglect that she eventually died.

Brothers Phillip and David Thompson faced court today over the death of their mother, Shirley, last year.

The court heard the men called an ambulance in August last year after finding their mother lying naked on a bed, surrounded by faeces and urine.

Shirley had bedsores so severe some were open to the bone, and she eventually died from blood poisoning.

Medical experts heard today said Shirley appeared to have had little to eat or drink in as many as three weeks.

The brothers, who were their mother’s carers, stood to inherit $1.5 million from her estate.

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