Yvonne Freaney, 49, who had marital difficulties, was found in a hotel room with multiple knife wounds, but survived. She told police that her son, Glen, was in heaven, adding: “He’ll be happy now.”
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Freaney and her son, who needed one-to-one care, had a “loving and devoted relationship”.
But there had been a “general build-up of pressure” on Freaney as she felt her marriage was at its end, and she had been unable to find anywhere for herself and her son to live. Freaney, who has three other children aged 14 to 23, had moved out of the home she shared with her husband Richard, 48, a former RAF officer, and had been living in hotels for about a month before her son’s death.
She told police that she used a belt to strangle her son in her room at the Sky Plaza hotel in Rhoose, Cardiff.
Officers found her sitting on the bed with knife wounds to her wrists, arms, shoulder, chest and feet. She had laid out her son’s body, having dressed him in smart clothes and surrounded him with his favourite cuddly toys.
She told the officers: “I killed him about 36 hours ago. I tried to join him.
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