A man appeared in court today who was accused of murdering his terminally ill mother in her nursing home by the sea.
Robert Knight reportedly ran the Langley Lodge care home in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, and murdered June Knight, 79.
He visited her on Monday as normal and staff members later found his Alzheimer's suffering maternal body after she had fallen from a balcony of the three-story building.
Robert Knight was today dealing with magistrates in Southend after his mother had fallen from a balcony at Langley Lodge in Essex (photo & # 39; s, emergency services on Monday)
The police still have to confirm how Mrs. Knight was killed, but there will be a post mortem in her death in the coming days.
The 52-year-old was arrested on the scene Monday night after paramedics and police officers jumped to the scene of the disaster.
Today Knight, from Leigh-on-Sea, stood before magistrates in Southend-on-Sea, but did not respond to a plea.
Knight, who was dressed in prison-issued red jumper and pants, appeared along with a guardian officer in the dock before the hearing began.
Prosecutor Crystal Penrose told the court: "The victim who was June Knight was the suspect's mother.
& # 39; She received palliative care at the end of life for Alzheimer's in the nursing home Langley Lodge in Westcliff. The suspect is her only son and visits her regularly, sometimes twice a day. & # 39;
The court heard on Monday that he normally visited her in the house at Imperial Avenue, Westcliff.
Later that evening, Mrs. Knight was found dead by the staff after a fall from a balcony of the three-story building.
Because of the seriousness of the crime, the magistrates referred the case to the Crown.
Mr Knight was arrested on the spot when his mother fell on a balcony at the nursing home Langley Lodge (photo) on Monday
Chairman of the bank, Linette Brown said: "This case can not be handled by this court, so you can be seen in Chelmsford Crown Court via a video link so that you are in pre-trial detention until then."
Employees at home are completely startled by death & # 39; and are now working to provide support to the other residents and their families.
Many family members who arrived yesterday to visit the residents were not aware of the deadly events.
Scenes from crime officers walked in yesterday and out of the imposing whitewashed three-story house at the Thames Estuary.
Martin Bandelow said that the nursing home has to deal with seriously ill patients and is difficult to come in unless you are a family member.
He said: & # 39; It has a lot of dementia patients or seriously ill patients, I think it is care at the end of life. We often see an ambulance there.
& # 39; It is very difficult to enter the house unless you are a relative – when I am there, they ask who you are before they let you through the door.
& # 39; Last night we saw an ambulance and two or three police cars. How terrible that someone was killed. & # 39;
One woman said: & # 39; It is really shocking. Around four police cars were pulled out and a large police bus was pulled out. & # 39;
The house was last inspected in September with a full report from the Care Quality Commission that was published earlier this year and in general as & # 39; good & # 39; was assessed.
Inspectors found that the residents were well looked after. They concluded: "People had sufficient amounts to eat and drink to ensure that their nutritional and nutritional needs were met.
& # 39; The service worked well with other professionals to ensure that people's health needs were met.
"Staff was well trained and attentive to the needs of people. Employees were able to demonstrate that they knew people well. The staff treated people with dignity and respect. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the Essex Police said: "We are not looking for someone else related to the death of the woman who was related to the suspect."
A spokesperson for the house said: Langley Lodge Nursing Home can confirm that an incident was taking place.
We are completely startled by what has happened and we are working together with the police.
& # 39; We provide support to other residents and their families. We will not comment further at this time. & # 39;
A spokeswoman for the Ambulance Service in East England said: "We were called at 10.05 a.m. on Monday with reports of an incident at Imperial Avenue, Westcliff.
& # 39; We have sent an ambulance, ambulance employee and a vehicle for rapid intervention. & # 39; Unfortunately, one person died on the spot. & # 39;
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