Inquest hears how Ian Blakey killed his mum at Crook Golf Club

DISABLED Jean Blakey was delighted when her son offered to take her shopping and then treat her to lunch.

Ian Blakey, Jean Blakey and the scene at Crook Golf Club
Ian Blakey, Jean Blakey and the scene at Crook Golf Club

DISABLED Jean Blakey was delighted when her son offered to take her shopping and then treat her to lunch.

But instead, drug-fuelled Ian Blakey drove his wheelchair-bound mother to woodland where he blasted her with a shotgun before making a chilling call to a 999 operator telling her: “I have killed my mother”.

He told the shocked operator he was “sick of the sight of her MS (multiple sclerosis).”

When police raced to the scene at Crook Golf Club in County Durham on the morning of Saturday, April 28 this year, Blakey, who had taken a cocktail of cocaine and ecstasy, had also killed his pet Lurcher dog and then turned the gun on himself.

Yesterday in Crook, Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle conducted a joint inquest into the deaths of Blakey and his mother.

He read out a statement from forensic pathologist Dr Nigel Cooper, from Newcastle’s RVI, who said both deaths were caused by shotgun wounds to the head.

Jean’s partner of 26 years, Harry Mawson, said Blakey, 34, would visit his mother “once or twice a week” but would often only stay for a short while.

“The previous time he had taken her out was on her 50th birthday, that was five years earlier,” he told the hearing.

Mr Mawson said he had bought a specially adapted Peugeot car to accommodate Jean’s wheelchair, which Blakey asked to borrow for the outing.

He added: “I even showed him how to strap her in and how to take her out. He took her out at five past 11. Twenty minutes later, he did what he did.”

Mr Mawson, of Wheatfield Gardens, Crook, said his partner “was a happy woman who woke up every morning with a smile on her face,” adding: “She never once complained about her illness. She always greeted her carers with a smile and enjoyed outings with them.”

Earlier, Detective Constable Stephen Hedley said inquiries with the family had revealed that Jean was looking forward to a shopping trip to Bishop Auckland and a pub lunch after her son offered to take her out the previous day.

“It was unusual, but Jean was pleasantly surprised and looking forward to going out with her son,” said the officer.

“Ian would visit his mother once or twice a week for short visits but didn’t help with her care.”

DC Hedley told the hearing that Blakey’s former partner, Samantha Peacock, had found a note addressed to her saying he “could not stand to see his mother in a wheelchair” but also that he “didn’t fancy doing life”.

A similar note was found in his work van which Mr Tweddle suggested may have been a “practice note”. Ms Peacock, of Howden-le-Wear, near Crook, told The Journal back in May how she was devastated by Blakey’s death, adding: “I had the time of my life with him. He was a proper gentleman. He has always been a family friend, he was lovely, he would do anything for you.”

DC Hedley added that inquiries had failed to trace the previous owners of the double barreled shotgun Blakey used. Toxicology tests showed Blakey had taken cocaine, a cocaine derivative and a substance similar to Ecstasy before killing his mum, the dog and then himself.

Recording a verdict of unlawful killing on Jean and ruling that Blakey, of Ennerdale Drive, Crook, took his own life, the coroner said there was “no objective justification whatsoever for what was done that day”.

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