Family of 73-year-old June Sanderson pay tribute to their mum after she was killed by her own son

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The family of June Sanderson say they are “devastated” after a court ruled that she was tragically killed by her son.

June’s son, Steven Sanderson, has been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act after it was found his actions resulted in the death of his mother.

The 73-year-old was attacked by her son on July 30 and sadly passed away in hospital five days later.

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Following a Hearing of Fact at Newcastle Crown Court, June’s family have paid tribute to their much-loved mum, saying her death has had an impact on the whole family.

June Sanderson was tragically attacked by her own son on July 30.June Sanderson was tragically attacked by her own son on July 30.
June Sanderson was tragically attacked by her own son on July 30.

The Sanderson family said in a statement: “The loss of our mam has had a detrimental effect on the mental health of our family both with us personally and the wider family.

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“It has been horrific having to deal with the fact that our brother has been the cause of mam’s death.

“The effects of this have impacted on family relationships, particularly in the case of those who are further away from the family roots.

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“We, as a family have struggled for some time to deal with Steven's mental health and tried to support him, and it is now that we have seen the tragic consequences of that poor mental health.

“We are devastated by the loss of our mam, but we do hope that Steven receives the help that he needs and one day comes to terms with his actions.”

Sanderson, 36, of Wellington Street, Blyth, was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause GBH, but later charged with murdering his mother, following the incident.

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During the hearing, the court heard how June had visited her son’s address on the morning of July 30 when he grabbed and attacked her.

June managed to escape and was offered help from several passers-by when the mother-of-four told them that she had been assaulted by her son.

On Monday, December 21, Sanderson received a hospital order after a jury ruled his actions caused the death of his mother. He could not be found guilty of murder as he had been suffering from a schizophrenic episode at the time of the attack.

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