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Yvonne Freaney Sentencing Adjourned

June 10, 2011

The sentencing of a mother who killed her severely autistic 11-year-old son has been adjourned.

Yvonne Freaney, 49, of Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, was convicted last month of the manslaughter of her son Glen at a hotel near Cardiff Airport in May 2010.

She denied murder but admitted his manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The hearing at Cardiff Crown Court was adjourned to consider further reports. Freaney was remanded in custody.

John Charles Rees, defending, said she had now served the equivalent of two-and-a-half years in custody. She is due to be sentenced before July 15.

When she was convicted in May, the jury decided she was suffering under extreme mental stress at the time she strangled her son with a coat belt.

‘Sad, defeated woman’

She told police she killed Glen so “no one could point fingers at him”, and wanted to end her own life too.

The court heard she was discovered in the Sky Plaza hotel room at Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan with multiple knife wounds, but still alive.

Prosecutors argued that she was a “sad, defeated woman” but was acting sanely at the time.

Mr Rees said: “It was unlawful but she did not kill Glen out of anger.”

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  1. June 12, 2011 2:22 am

    Re Mrs. Yvonne Freaney killing her autistic son. when I first heard of this I was not in the very least surprised. The suicide rate amongst women, usually single parents, mothers of handicapped (in her case FOUR handicapped ) children is ‘way above the national average. I am the 84 year old single mother of a 40 year old Down’s daughter. I am profoundly deaf and in a wheelchair. During ,my five years in Bromley, one of London’s wealthiest boroughs I have been treated abyssmally by social services in my applications for respite care. From date of application for respite it took 2 years 26 weeks for me to be given this and applics for residential took four years 30 weeks until recently and I now find this has to “be considered by a panel”. From what I have seen of British systems I feel sure Mrs. Freaney was probably given the most minimal amount of help or respite. She has seen, as I have also, that the mentally handicapped are all too often treated brutally…..recent news bears this out. Imagining this only takes place in large person establishments is sheer imagination. I have seen bad treatment in several countries, England included. The days of compassion are a dim memory. Many small establishments mistreat by poor or under feeding and by using the disabled to access free holidays for support workers. One of the worst aspects of the programme “panorama” was the face that management there knew exactly what was going on. Parents didn’t have a clue because it is an unwritten law that parents/friends/ families are far too often kept out of residential establishments. These places have to be wide open to families and those concerned for loved ones. Another drawback to women like Mrs. Freaney is that they are all too frequently on very low income, benefits, for very long periods due to sheer inability to work. My daughter was born and brought up in Rhod/Zimb and ‘facilities there were princely compared to here. No Social services, we paid the lot but we were enabled to work by innteligent systems. Two years ago I applied by phone for help explaining my situation, 80s, deaf and in a wheelchair. I was told they had people in greater need than I. I told my then GP (retired after 40 years in medicine). His comment “I do not believe them”

  2. *Stargazer permalink
    June 15, 2011 1:44 am

    Grace I read your post with interest – it is not surprising to me that your council have been, shall we say, unhelpful AND that your GP did not believe you.
    My ex-GP’s did not believe a word I told them for four years.
    They had me down as a liar, a fantasist, a hypochondriac – just transferring Mum’s illnessess to myself.
    Turns out I’m not very well at all – my fantastic new GP’s of the last 18 months have helped me so much.

    I’m sure you’ll agree – having a good GP is half the battle.
    At least you get your diagnoses: these at least validating (slow) access to benefits and maybe services.
    I think you’re right, about the waiting times, for everything the vulnerable and disadvantaged need, they are way too long. The indignity we suffer and deflation of our worth is debated but not taken responsibility for.

    I hope things start to move along for you and your daughter, satisfactorily and soon.
    You are one of the forgotten generation – the people who fought off Hitler for us.
    You and your family sit at the mercy of a veritable army of “littlle-Hitlers” within the establishment.
    Mostly people that have never, nor will ever know, the hardship and anxiety that comes from disability and poverty; they’re deciding what we’re allowed, when we can have it and when it can be taken away.
    You’ve been marginalised and ignored while the human rights of vile criminals like baby rapists & murderers are debated, and won, on the turn of a coin.

    It’s simply not fair the way you’ve been treated.
    Something should be done about it.

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