A 42-year-old man arrested in January for attempting to kill his mother will now have his charges upped to murder after the 73-year-old died on Sunday, CNA reported.
The elderly woman had been clinically dead since the January 22 beating but succumbed to her injuries early Sunday at a private clinic. Her son was in custody awaiting trial for attempted murder but will now face murder charges instead.
The suspect has denied beating his mother, claiming she fell and hit her head. However, his uncle said that on the night of the attack, he heard shouting coming from his sister’s room and when he went there he saw the suspect hitting the 73-year-old woman’s head on the floor.
The uncle said the two had frequent fights because he was constantly asking her for money.
The state pathologist found that the woman had suffered a brain haemorrhage. Despite doctors’ efforts, the woman did not respond to treatment and was declared clinically dead.
The suspect had been treated at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital in the past.