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A man admitted to killing a retired midwife who was found dead in her home last year before fleeing to Sweden.
Kenneth McDermid, 43, was located by police in Stockholm and extradited to the UK after 71-year-old Wendy Ann Morse was found dead at her home in Knypersley, Staffordshire, on Mother’s Day last March.
Now McDermid, of Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent, has admitted one count of manslaughter for diminished responsibility.
He will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court in mid-April.
Kenneth McDermid 43, has admitted a charge of manslaughter by diminished
Staffordshire Police launched a major manhunt after discovering Ms Morse’s body at her home on March 22 last year, hours before the UK entered a coronavirus lockdown.
There were signs of disturbances and a shattered glass and bottle lay on the ground.
An investigation previously heard how police made their way into the grandmother’s home to find her body covered in plastic sheeting on the greenhouse floor after concerned family members reported her missing on maternity Sunday.
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She had suffered a “severe and forceful head injury”.
Coroners spent several days searching the property for clues and requested sightings of a green Honda Civic that had been driven between Biddulph and Sneyd Green three days before Ms. Morse’s body was found.
But the police investigation took detectives 1,300 miles away to Sweden when their suspect appeared in Stockholm District Court.
A European arrest warrant was obtained to bring the killer back to the UK.
Forensic teams at the scene of the murder in Knypersley, Staffordshire, last March
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After today’s guilty plea, Staffordshire Police Detective Inspector Cheryl Hannan said: ‘We are happy that the defendant has taken responsibility for his actions and we hope this will help to give the family closure afterwards. of what has been a really difficult year for them.
“I would like to thank you for your support and courage during our investigation and I would like to thank the Swedish authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service for their help in arresting McDermid in March last year.”
After Ms. Morse’s body was discovered on March 22, her heartbroken family paid tribute and asked for help in locating the killer.
In a statement, they said: ‘We are devastated by the loss of our mother, that she was a very joyful and characterful person, whom her children and grandchildren will deeply miss.
“We would appeal to any member of the public with any information, no matter how small, to contact the Staffordshire police in relation to our mother’s death.”
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- Kenneth McDermid, 43, tracked down by police and extradited from Sweden
- Wendy Ann Morse, 71, was found dead at her home in Knypersley, Staffordshire
- McDermid has admitted a charge of manslaughter by diminished responsibility