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  • 13 June 2014, 22:05

Daughter 'Lost It' And Shot Mum 'After Taunts'

A woman has told her trial she "lost it" and shot her mother who had claimed to have had a sexual relationship with the daughter's husband.

Susan and Christopher Edwards are accused of murdering Patricia and William Wycherley in 1998, burying them in their garden and pretending they were alive for 15 years.

Susan Edwards admits the manslaughter of her mother on the basis of provocation and the two defendants each deny two counts of murder.

In the witness box, she said was visiting her parents without her 57-year-old husband on a May bank holiday in 1998 at their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and was woken in the night by a noise.

She told the jury she went into her parents' bedroom and found her mother standing over her 85-year-old father, who was dead on the floor.

Former librarian Edwards, 56, said she picked up the gun after her mother had put it on a bed and shot Mrs Wycherley who was provoking her with relentless taunts.

Edwards said: "I knew my father was dead. I don't know how I knew, I just knew. She (her mother) started saying things to me."

According to the defendant, 63-year-old Mrs Wycherley told her she was not wanted as a child, she knew her father abused Edwards when she was growing up and she had had a sexual relationship with Christopher Edwards.

She told the jury: "I picked (the gun) up to keep it from her. She kept saying all of these things. She said she knew of my father's abuse.

"She kept saying things over and over again. I asked her 'please stop saying these things and go away. Please stop saying these things'.

"She didn't. She kept going on and on. It seemed like a long time. At some point I lost it. I shot my mother."

The Edwards are accused of raking in 245,000 by making it seem like the couple were still alive.

Their neighbours and relatives were told after their deaths that they had gone travelling or had moved to the coast for health reasons, according to prosecutors.

The prosecution claims the Edwards, who married in 1983, had been in severe financial difficulties for much of their relationship and they killed the elderly couple for the cash, claiming pension money and selling the Wycherleys' house.

The trial was adjourned until Monday after Edwards completed her evidence.

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