20 years for Cobridge killer Josef Cupori
MURDERER Josef Cupori must serve at least 20 years in prison after slitting his mum's throat and dumping her body in a wheelie bin.
The 24-year-old, below, has been handed a life sentence after murdering Anna Cuporiova at their Cobridge home and then fleeing to Lancashire.
It has emerged that Cupori's younger brother, Robin, was initially suspected of the murder after returning home to find his mum's body.
But Cupori was later captured and confessed to his crime.
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He had stabbed his 43-year-old mother before beating her unconscious with a metal fireguard and then slitting her throat.
Stafford Crown Court heard yesterday that Mrs Cuporiova's family have been 'torn apart' by the killing.
Sentencing the Czech national, Judge Simon Tonking said: "This was an extremely savage, sustained and brutal attack.
"The way in which you attacked her proves, beyond any doubt, that you intended to kill her."
The court heard mother and son had argued over money after Mrs Cuporiova announced she was moving out of their Elm Street home to live with her partner.
Judge Tonking referred to a statement from Cupori's sister, Renata, who talked of her shame and disgust towards her brother.
Judge Tonking added: "Your family has been truly devastated. They have lost both a mother and a brother and your sister, Renata, speaks of the family being torn apart.
"She also describes the shame which you have brought on the family and of her sickness and disgust at the way you treated your mother in killing her – and treated her body after you had done so.
"Now that your mother is gone, your father having died some years ago, she speaks of feeling orphaned."
Cupori, who had been inhaling butane gas at the time, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia since murdering his mum in March, 2011.
He was convicted by a jury in August this year, despite denying murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Richard Atkins, mitigating, told the court: "This was not premeditated."
Staffordshire Police today praised Mrs Cuporiova's family for their bravery during the case.
Detective Inspector Glyn Pattinson said: "The brutality of this crime is one thing, but the fact this took place within a family makes it even worse. My heart goes out to them.
"This must have been so difficult for them and yet they have been nothing but fully co-operative throughout the case."
Following yesterday's sentencing, Staffordshire's Senior Crown Prosecutor Sue Hanson said: "This was a very tragic case of a son killing his mother after a petty row over money".