Son tried to murder his mum with washing line noose

A young man plotted to kill his mother and tried to strangle her with a washing line.

Kormel Pienczykowski locked the doors and pounced from behind, as his victim went about household chores.

He placed a section of the blue nylon cable around her neck, at the family’s home in Braunstone, and tried to choke her to death.

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Abigail Joyce, prosecuting, said: “She fell to the floor and was struggling to breathe.

“She asked him why he was strangling her and he said she wasn’t going to live any more and he would also kill himself.

“He was squeezing hard and she felt like she was drifting away – but managed to fight him off.

“He followed her into the kitchen, got a knife and threatened to kill himself.”

The frightened woman shouted for another son to help, as the defendant claimed “I don’t want to live any more,” on Friday January 15.

Miss Joyce said the mother, who suffered bruised hands in the incident, did not report the matter.

But the defendant’s sister later accompanied Pienczykowski to an appointment she made for him at Glenfield Hospital’s Bradgate psychiatric unit, on Thursday January 21, where she told a consultant he tried to murder their mother.

The defendant confirmed to the psychiatrist he had tried to kill his mum.

The police were notified and Pienczykowski, who has learning difficulties as well as physical and developmental issues, was arrested.

He pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

The Bradgate Unit at Glenfield Hospital
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Despite his difficulties, medical reports did not suggest a mental health hospital order was appropriate.

Miss Joyce said the defendant had previously behaved violently towards his mother and sister.

The sister was so concerned she had moved out of the family home.

Prior to the incident he researched online his own demise as well as “How to kill your mother.”

The background was that the defendant had witnessed his father mistreating his mother.

His father died in Poland when he was 14 and one of his brother’s also passed away from an illness.

Miss Joyce said: “The defendant took over from the father hitting the mother and ordering her around.”

It was tolerated by the family, that moved to the UK, because it was believed he was mentally unwell.

In notes, made on his phone, he expressed frustration and anger.

The court heard that slightly-built Pienczykowski, who has since turned 21, was in the bottom three per cent in terms of “intellectual cognitive reasoning”.

Sentencing, Judge Philip Head said: “You have no previous convictions but have a history of violence towards your mother and sister and once it was so bad against your mother that the police were called, but she didn’t want you to go to court.

“You had, for a long time, thought about killing your mother and were searching the internet about that.

“Fortunately she managed to struggled free.

“I’ve read, with care, reports on you and the notes you’ve written saying you knew your behaviour towards your mother was bad at times.”

The judge said the defendant told a psychiatrist he thought his mother was stopping him from getting the medical help he felt he needed.

He added: “You had mixed up reasons for killing yourself and your mother and those included being with your [deceased] father and brother – and sparing yourself from being criticised and shouted at.

“You told a doctor you’d thought about killing her for years.

“You have significant difficulties with the lack of development in your body and low intellect.

“You also have ADHD but were able to do a part-time job that you enjoyed, although you weren’t able to live on your own.

“For all your difficulties, I’m sure you knew that killing your mother would be a very bad thing, that you shouldn’t do it and were capable of choosing not to do that.

“Your immaturity and thinking difficulties also played a part in your decision to carry out a plan to kill her.

“You’re sorry now for what you did, you said afterwards you knew it was bad and had to pay for it.”

The judge said that although Pienczykowski did not pose a risk of harm to the general public, he remained a risk to family members, who clearly loved him.

Balraj Bhatia QC, mitigating, said there was a plethora of psychiatric and psychological reports on his client outlining his many diffculties.

He said: “He presents as a much younger man, emotionally, intellectually and physically, in terms of his development with a history of disabilities that, sadly, he was born with. He was frustrated by his lack of development.

“His inability to progress was manifested by moments of anger.

“He had auditory hallucinations in the voices of his father and brother, commanding in nature, consistent with symptoms of a psychotic episode.

“He planned to kill his mother and then himself so they could join his father and brother and have a family unit.

“He picked up a spare piece of nylon washing line cord, already in the house, and used it to strangle his mother who was wearing a polo neck top at the time.”

“The real punishment facing him will be the lack of a cohesive family life and a completely difficult and lonely time.

“He does love his mother.

“Perhaps his remorse says it all.”

Pienczykowski, formerly of Hand Avenue, Braunstone, was jailed for seven years and four months.

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