Songwriter beheaded mum and put head in freezer after cocaine and vodka binge

Songwriter beheaded mum and put head in freezer after cocaine and vodka binge

A cross-dressing songwriter was found guilty of stabbing his mother and cutting off her head.

47-year-old Philip Tarver had used cocaine and drank beer and vodka before attacking 86-year-old Angela Tarver with a decorative sword, old Bailey heard.

His 83-year-old father Colin had run to the end of the driveway to alert the police after finding his 59-year-old wife on the kitchen floor on December 19 last year.

Before the police arrived at the family home in Woking, Surrey, Tarver cut off his mother’s head, put it in the freezer, and put her severed ring finger in a cauldron, the jury heard.

Tarver, in a woman’s flowery negligee, opened the front door, waved a Union flag, and held a knife.

A jury at the Old Bailey spent more than 12 hours trying to find him guilty of the murder of his mother and the threat to kill his father.

The court heard that Ms. Tarver had suffered a severe stroke in 1991 that affected her mobility and speech.

A trained watchmaker, Tarver had lived with his parents for most of his life and relied on them for financial support as he pursued his love of music.

On the morning of the murder, he acted strangely, claiming that alcohol was “poisoned” before unplugging the phone and computer.

When his father confronted him about why the television was also turned off, the defendant slammed the door and told him to “go and die,” the jury heard.

Just in time for Bargain Hunt, Mr Tarver was about to reconnect the television when Mrs Tarver was sitting in the kitchen drinking a cup of tea.

He heard a scream and found his wife on his back on the floor and his son with a sword.

The pensioner said, “He looked strange and insane. His eyes were a yellow color. He said ‘I have to kill you’.”

Mr. Tarver took the sword from his son’s hands and went outside to call the police.

After his arrest, the defendant heard his father talking to the police and remarked, “Oh, of course, his wife. His wife is in the freezer.”

At the police station, he said he was “sorry for killing her” and added that he “must repent of my sins,” the court heard.

The unemployed Tarver had claimed his father, a retired oil worker, killed his mother and then staged the scene to frame him.

But prosecutor Alexandra Healy QC said all evidence pointed to the defendant and the allegation against his father was “absurd”.

If they decided that Tarver was responsible for his mother’s death, the remaining question was whether his psychosis was drug-induced.

Ms. Healy said there would be no partial defense of diminished responsibility if Tarver’s state of mind was drug-induced.

Tarver, who became emotional with the verdict pronounced, was taken into custody to be sentenced on October 8th.



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