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Video has surfaced of a 92-year-old mother confessing to shooting her 72-year-old son dead after he threatened to put her in a nursing home. Anna Mae Blessing was arrested last year for shooting her son Thomas dead. Blessing, who dies in November in hospice care while awaiting trial, says in a video interview with police that she had two guns stashed inside her dressing gown. She told police that as Thomas came towards her she fired multiple rounds at her only son. “I can’t remember the calibre, it was a good size one,” she said. “I backed up and I pulled the trigger, and it broke the mirror and I don’t know what I did. Then Tom was going to come at me again so I pulled the trigger … I’m sure the second round hit him.”

A Petone man who decapitated his elderly neighbour believed he was responsible for his being evicted. Eugene Baker has admitted murdering 71-year-old Francis Tyson in November last year. Both men dealt synthetic drugs from their Jackson Street Housing New Zealand flats. In the days leading up to the killing, Baker had a number of arguments with Tyson around dealing. He believed the pensioner was an informant for Housing New Zealand and was to blame for his eviction notice. The 42-year-old will be sentenced in June.

An elderly man charged with murdering his partner at a Raumati Beach retirement village has been found unfit to stand trial. The finding was made at the High Court in Wellington on Friday, about Edmund Alan Jenkins, 75, who had cognitive impairment due to dementia, and was not going to improve. Edith Roderique, 70, of Ōtaki, died on March 4 or 5. Roderique and Jenkins had been in a relationship for about three years and she often visited him at the retirement village where he lived, and sometimes stayed the night, a court decision said. In her judgment Justice Rebecca Ellis said after spending the night together Jenkins woke to the alarm at 7.30am on March 5. He got out of bed and found a knife that had not been put away, went back to the bed and stabbed Roderique repeatedly in the chest. A medical alarm was set off and Jenkins showed the body to the first staff member to attend. Jenkins had blood on him and told the first person, and others, “I did it, I did it, I did it”. Later Jenkins told police he just meant to scare her with the knife as a joke but she jumped at him and screamed. He was said to have a hazy recollection of what happened after that, but acknowledged he stabbed her, a police summary of witness accounts said. The judge said Jenkins was unfit to stand trial and made him a special patient. Name suppression was lifted. He sat in the dock with a nurse while lawyer Janine Bonifant represented him during the court hearing. At the end of the hearing the judge asked the nurse if Jenkins had understood what had happened at the hearing on Friday. “As well as he can,” the nurse replied. Two psychiatrists gave evidence that Jenkins probably had frontal lobe dementia, and his thinking and language were impaired.

Rae Lamb has been announced as new Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui chief executive.

Whakatane-based Eastern Bay PHA is facing a merger with its neighbouring PHO in Tauranga.

Cathie Cotter, of Dacre, is the new Southland Rural Support Trust chairwoman. She is also the Cancer Society’s support care officer for Eastern Southland.

A hospital security guard who was attacked by a patient wielding an oxygen cylinder was failed by her employer and the Waikato DHB, the union says. The female guard was seriously injured in the early morning assault at a surgical ward at Waikato Hospital. “She’s suffered severely, with multiple injuries to her head, face and body, and will require multiple surgeries,” E tū Waikato senior organiser Iriaka Rauhihi said in a statement. “It’ll be a long road to recovery and we’re lucky we’re not dealing with a fatality.” Rauhihi, who has visited the guard in hospital, says the woman’s family is horrified by what’s happened to her. The guard is employed by DHB security contractor, Allied Security.

Five staff were assaulted by a patient at Waikato Hospital. A security guard who was seriously assaulted in an attack at Waikato Hospital has been hailed a hero for saving nurses from the oxygen cylinder wielding patient. The patient was being treated at a surgical ward at Waikato Hospital around 2am on Wednesday when they lashed out. The female guard is in the high dependency unit and is now awaiting surgery, a source says. The source, who did not want to be identified, said the guard was “messed up”. “She is having surgery on her hand later, and behind all the swelling and bruising, her face is broken. “The nurses are calling her a hero. “She effectively saved them from being more seriously injured.” The source understands the guard witnessed at least two nurses being attacked by a patient with an oxygen cylinder and stepped in to help. Waikato District health Board Executive Director of Public Affairs, Lydia Aydon, confirmed five staff members – four nurses and one security guard – were assaulted.