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Ronald Barham admits attempting to murder his mother in New Milton
A HAMPSHIRE man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his elderly mother.
Ronald Barham, 74, tried to smother Elsie Barham, 94, a pillow at the Quaker House Care Home in New Milton in March this year.
The court heard now the pair had an argument in the morning of March 7 in Mrs Barham's room.
Mr Barham picked up a pillow from her bed and proceeded to suffocate her with it.
It was only until staff members realised the ongoing incident that the ordeal stopped, the court heard.
The court heard how Barham placed a pillow over his mother's face, before putting a hand on her neck.
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin described how Mrs Barham's false teeth popped out of her mouth during the incident.
The court heard how her son tried to force them back into her throat.
He was arrested by police officers and taken to Lyndhurst police station.
Winchester Crown Court heard how Mrs Barham was left shaken by the incident.
The court heard how Mr Barham was suffering from early onset vascular dementia at the time of the incident, which has worsened since his time in custody.
Judge guy Boney ordered Barham to be remanded in custody after adjourning the case.
Judge Boney said Barham will receive a hospital order under section 37 of the mental health act.
He will be sentenced at a later date.