20 Apr 2015

Taranaki man admits murdering mother

12:11 pm on 20 April 2015

A Taranaki man has admitted murdering his mother but has no recollection of attacking her, the High Court at New Plymouth has been told.

Police found 71-year-old Gwen Blake's body when they were called to a house in Stratford on 30 January, after a neighbour heard shouting from the property.

Blake, 47, pleaded guilty to murdering his mother when appeared before Justice Paul Heath today.

However, Justice Heath told the court Blake did not remember the attack.

"I am advised by your counsel that you accept that the injuries caused the death of the victim but that the sequence and circumstances of the infliction of the injuries is unknown to you as a result of loss of memory," he said.

Blake was remanded in custody to reappear for sentencing on 2 June.