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Legal first sees woman found guilty of killing with TV remote control

Guilty: Nicola Townsend is due to be sentenced later today

A WOMAN has become the first person in Britain to be found guilty of killing someone with a TV remote control after throwing one at her dad’s head.

Nicola Townsend, 50, lobbed the device at frail Terence Townsend, 78, because she was ‘frustrated and angry’ with him, a court heard.

It hit his head causing an injury and when he went into the kitchen to tend to his wounds she pushed him over, breaking several of his ribs.

Mr Townsend, of Bath, Somerset, suffered a number of injuries as a result and called his own ambulance after she had fled the scene, Bristol Crown Court was told.

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 was today found guilty of manslaughter at his home in Bath on December 27, 2017.

Townsend was caught after she admitted to brother-in-law Douglas Campbell in a series of voicemails and phone calls that she had assaulted her dad.

Speaking of the contents of the voicemails, 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.’

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.

She was also found guilty of intimidation of a witness after attempting to contact Mr Campbell after being charged with manslaughter.