61-year-old Anthony Kimber has been found NOT guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and causing the death of a vulnerable adult after his mother died in an armchair at their shared home back in 2015.
Hazel Kimber, 83, was found dead at the property she shared with her son in Ryde Road, Seaview on 31st August 2015. Mrs Kimber was severely malnourished and her spine had become rigid and concave from sitting in the same chair for a period of 2 years. The chair had started to rot away beneath her.
Mrs Kimber died from the effects of malnutrition and blood clots in her lungs.
Although no legal action was taken at the time, the case was reinvestigated and charges were brought against Mr Kimber at the start of 2019. Anthony Kimber has always denied the charges against him and he was today (Friday) found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and also cleared of causing/allowing the death of a vulnerable adult following a trial at Winchester Crown Court.
Jurors heard throughout the trial how the family home was in a state of decay, with strong smells of urine, excrement and mould.
The prosecution claimed that Mr Kimber had left his mother in utter squalor, but as he explained to the court she had rejected offers of medical assistance and was frightened of leaving her home, where she had lived for 75 years. He told the court that he regrets not going against her wishes.