Son kills church-going mother in horrific chainsaw murder

In a crime which sounds more like the plot of a Halloween movie than real life, a court has heard that a son used a chainsaw to kill his own mother.
Iris Owens, 75, a retired history lecturer, was hanging out washing in the garden ofthe home she shared with her son Robert Owens, 47, when he suddenly attacked her with a chainsaw.
Owens had been chopping wood for the pair’s wood-burning stove, while his mother had just returned from church and had gone out into the garden, before he struck.
Mrs Owens, who was a widow, was cut five separate times by the saw and her son is also alleged to have strangled and kicked her during the attack.
A neighbour is reported to have heard muffled screams before the sound of a chainsaw.
Paramedics were called to the scene by Owens himself, who said he was chainsawing wood when his “mother went mad”.
Mrs Owens, a published author who gained a First Class degree in English at the age of 60, volunteered for several charities as well as acting as a bilingual tour guide for a nearby historic Tudor home.
A court has heard that the mother and son previously had a very close relationship, but had argued in the garden of their home near Caerphilly in South Wales.
Prosecutor Christopher Clee said that paramedics found Mrs Owens lying on her back with injuries to her neck, head and mouth. Blood was splattered on a tree stump and nearby walls.
Emergency services officials said Owens told them that his mother had “gone beserk,” before adding: “I killed her and I’m going to jail.”
Owens has pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to the murder of his mother, which took place in May this year.
He had been living with her ever since divorcing his wife a decade ago.
Traces of heroin and cocaine were found in Owens’ blood following the fatal attack.
Simon Laws, defending, said Owens made no attempt to minimise what he did.
Mr Laws added: “He is devastated by what happened in those few moments of anger in the garden and must live with the consequences.”
Mrs Owens is also understood to have had a daughter and grandchildren. She was described by neighbours as “lovely and friendly”.
Her son is now facing a lengthy jail sentence.