Woman, 50, ‘killed her father, 78, by throwing a TV remote at him’

Nicola Townsend is on trial for the manslaughter of her father. She denies the charge

Nicola Townsend is on trial for the manslaughter of her father. She denies the charge

Nicola Townsend is on trial for the manslaughter of her father. She denies the charge

A woman threw a TV remote at her elderly father, who later died from his injuries, after becoming annoyed at the way he was talking to her, a court has heard.

Nicola Townsend, 50, threw the control at Terence Townsend, 78, before pushing him over, breaking several of his ribs, Bristol Crown Court was told.

Terence, of Bath, Somerset, suffered a number of injuries as a result and called his own ambulance after she had fled the scene, prosecutors said.

Paramedics then arrived where they found Mr Townsend sitting in an armchair holding a towel to a wound on his head.

He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath where he passed away twelve days later as a result of broncopneumonia brought on by his injuries.

His daughter is charged with manslaughter at his home in Bath on December 27, 2017. 

The court, was told how Townsend launched the remote control at her ‘frail’ father after an argument, which struck him in the head.

The prosecution alleges that Townsend admitted to brother-in-law Douglas Campbell in a series of voicemails and phone calls that she had assaulted her dad.

Mr Campbell then contacted the police.

Fiona Elder, prosecuting, said: ‘Nicola Townsend says she chucked a remote at Terence Townsend because she was annoyed with him, because of how he was speaking to her, because she was frustrated and angry with him.

‘She assaulted him in the living room then pushed him in the kitchen. She was aware of the frailty of her father.’

The court heard she threw a TV remote at his head during a row at his home in Bath

The court heard she threw a TV remote at his head during a row at his home in Bath

The court heard she threw a TV remote at his head during a row at his home in Bath

Mr Townsend, who suffered with osteoporis, a condition that makes bones more likely to break, initially said he had hit his head and fallen over and was ‘vague about what had happened’, calling it a ‘family issue’, the court was told.

But he later admitted that he thought Townsend may have thrown an aerosol can at him and, in a police interview, nodded his head when told officers believed his injuries had been caused by his daughter.

The prosecution alleges that Townsend said it was ‘an accident’ during her arrest.

She is also accused of intimidation of a witness after allegedly attempting to contact Mr Campbell after being charged with manslaughter.

Ms Elder said: ‘She made numerous contacts with her brother-in-law, Douglas Campbell. They were of a threatening nature. Nicola Townsend intended for the course of justice to be perverted.’

Townsend denies both charges. The trial continues.

 

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