AN ISLE of Wight man has been cleared of the manslaughter by gross negligence of his 83-year-old mother.

Anthony Kimber, 61, was also found not guilty by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of causing or allowing the death of Hazel Kimber at their home in Seaview on August 31, 2015.

The verdict followed a three-week long trial, which finished today (Friday).

The prosecution had alleged Kimber neglected his mother, who had not left her armchair for two years.

Mrs Kimber was found in an armchair which had rotted away and moulded to fit her shape.

The court was told her son had not changed her underwear for nine months.

He failed to obtain medical help for his mother despite being her full-time carer.

Mrs Kimber had not been in contact with health workers for five years before she died.

The court heard parts of the house were in 'utter squalor' and there were strong smells of human urine, excrement, mould and general decay.

Mr Kimber told police he was carrying out his mother's wishes not to contact a doctor.

William Mousley QC, defending, said Mrs Kimber was frightened of doctors and did not want to leave her home of 75 years.

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