Cocaine-fuelled son who cut off mum’s head and put it in freezer jailed for 19 years
A cocaine-fuelled cross-dresser who cut his mum’s head off with a sword has been jailed for 19 years.
Philip Tarver, of Julian Close, Woking, 47, has been sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for the murder of his 86-year-old mother Angela.
He was convicted of murdering Angela at the family home in Woking, Surrey, at the Old Bailey last week.
Today he was handed a minimum 19-year prison sentence for her murder, along with an 18-month concurrent sentence for threatening to kill his dad.
Juror heard Tarver decapitated his mum and put her head in the kitchen freezer and also cut off her left ring finger and put it into a kettle after he took cocaine and swigged beer and vodka on December 19 last year.
When armed police arrived, Tarver came to the front door waving a Union flag and holding a knife, saying: “I surrender, I surrender”.
In 1991, Mrs Tarver suffered a severe stroke which affected her mobility and speech.
Tarver’s devastated 84-year-old dad Colin told jurors how he had acted strangely, having drank a carton of beer and a bottle of vodka the night before.
In the morning, Tarver, the youngest of three children, emerged wearing “female attire”, jurors heard.
The trained clock maker had lived with his parents for most of his life and had relied on them for financial support as he pursued his love of music.
Mr Tarver said: “He was wearing a short transparent petticoat type of thing. He would occasionally wear female clothing.
“He started speaking in whisper. He was whispering about the beer. He pointed to the carton, asked me to take it back to the shop.
“He whispered ‘it’s poisoned’.”
Mr Tarver told jurors his behaviour was “entirely unusual” as he had never said anything like it before.
At noon, Mrs Tarver was sitting in the kitchen drinking a mug of tea and Mr Tarver was in the lounge reconnecting the television so they could watch Bargain Hunt when he heard a scream.
“I stopped what I was doing, crossed the lounge to the dining room, could see the kitchen, see the chair Angela was sitting on was gone and all I could see was her legs resting on the chair,” he told the court.
“The chair had gone backwards. She was on her back.”
When he got to the kitchen door, he noticed the defendant holding a sword.
He said: “He looked strange, demented. His eyes were a yellow colour. He said ‘I’ve got to kill you.’
“He did not look normal. I thought he was going to kill me.
“I grabbed hold of the blade. It was only a replica sword, it was not sharp, so I grabbed hold of it with both hands, wrestled with him for several minutes until I got hold of the sword.”
Mr Tarver then ran down to the end of his driveway and dialled 999, however Mrs Tarver died within minutes.
At the police station, the murderer said he was “sorry for killing her”, adding that he “must repent my sins”.
Judge Anne Molyneux said the sword used to kill Mrs Tarver had a 32.4cm blade.
It went ‘fully through her heart’, leaving an 18cm deep wound.
Speaking in court today, Mr Tarver described how the loss of his wife had ‘devastated’ him.
He added: “Never a day passes that I do not think about her and the times we had together. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
“I have lost my best friend and love of my life. She was the light of my life and now the light has gone out.
“The 19th December 2019 was the last time that I was able to see Angela, and I was never able to say goodbye to her.”
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