Starved mother manslaughter case nears end

  • 05/08/2016
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A jury is set to begin deciding on the guilt of a woman accused of leaving her elderly mother to starve to death in a filth-covered bed.

Cindy Taylor, 43, is standing trial in Auckland accused of the manslaughter of Ena Lai Dung, 77, who weighed only 29kg when she died half-naked in her bed in Manurewa on January 16, 2015.

The Crown alleges Taylor grossly neglected Ms Dung - who she lived with - causing her death by dehydration and malnutrition, and then kept collecting her and an uncle's pensions after their deaths - for which she faces two other charges.

Two other people who lived at the Manurewa home, wife and husband Luana Taylor, 56, and Brian Taylor, 62, - unrelated to Cindy Taylor - are also standing trial charged for failing to protect a vulnerable adult.

Justice Edwin Wylie will on Friday morning give his summary of the case to the jurors, before they retire to begin reaching their verdict.

Cindy Taylor's lawyers say Ms Dung refused to eat and drink in her last days - her health rapidly failing - and that the accused had done her best to care for her mother around 12-hour work days and under financial stress, comparing her to "Cinderella" and saying it was a "living hell".

The trial is in its third week.