Man pleads guilty to strangling 84-year-old to death in Nuneaton - The Coventry Observer

11th Aug, 2022

Man pleads guilty to strangling 84-year-old to death in Nuneaton

Coventry Editorial 14th Feb, 2022 Updated: 14th Feb, 2022

AN ARLEY man has admitted he strangled a woman to death at her house in College Street, Nuneaton.

Mildred Whitmore, 84, was found dead in her house on June 1, 2021, by officers following a report raising concern at 9.10am.

At 10am, police received a report of a man hiding in the bushes of a nearby school. Officers attended to find it was Chase Kelly and he had cuts and bruises to his arms and legs.

The officers arrested Kelly in connection with Mildred’s death.

Kelly, 31, previously of Gun Hill, Arley, was placed in the area at around 4.40am after a witness reported a commotion and recorded Kelly walking across the A444 towards George Eliot Hospital.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Det Insp Collette O’Keefe, from Warwickshire Police, said: “This was a tragic and senseless killing.

“Mildred was a much-loved lady who is clearly missed by her family and friends.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone who knew her and our thoughts remain with them.”

Kelly also pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in Ryton on Dunsmore in November 2020.

He has been remanded in custody while psychiatric reports are prepared and will next appear at court no earlier than April 25.

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