The face of Cobridge murderer Josef Cupori who put mother's body in the bin
A 24-YEAR-OLD man who slit his mother's throat and stashed her body in a wheelie bin has been found guilty of her murder.
Josef Cupori had always admitted killing 43-year-old Anna Cuporiova at their home in Cobridge.
But Cupori claimed he was mentally ill at the time and denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Now the jury has found the Czech national guilty following a two-week trial.
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Cupori – who was remanded in custody – will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court next month.
Following yesterday's verdict, Detective Inspector Glyn Pattinson, of Staffordshire Police, said: "This was a vicious, unprovoked attack on a defenceless woman who sadly lost her life.
"Cupori's relationship with his mother had deteriorated but there was no prior warning he would kill her.
"He then attempted to hide her body in his bedroom, but was disturbed and fled the scene.
"This was an act of random violence which ended in tragedy. Our thoughts are with Ms Cuporiova's family at this very difficult time."
Cupori battered his mother over the head with a metal fireguard before slitting her throat.
She was found by Cupori's younger brother Robin.
A statement released by Cupori's brothers and sisters said: "We are still grieving following the tragic death of our mother.
"The court case has been extremely stressful for the family. We respect the verdict of the jury."
Widow Mrs Cuporiova had been planning to move out of the family's Elm Street home with her partner and daughter to leave Cupori and Robin to live on their own.
Jobless Cupori, who had a habit of sniffing butane gas, flew into a rage on the afternoon of March 4, 2011, because he did not want to look after himself.
After murdering his mother, Cupori rolled her in a rug and dragged her from the lounge to his downstairs bedroom. There, he put a bin bag over her head and stuffed her in a wheelie bin.
He then returned to the lounge to clean up her blood but was interrupted by Robin and lied about what had happened.
Cupori then drove away in his mother's car, leaving Robin to discover her body. He drove to Lancaster where he was arrested.
Yesterday Cupori's neighbours recalled their shock at the murder.
Claire Smith, aged 25, who lives opposite, said: "I was pregnant at the time. I remember we were watching TV when we heard a lot of screaming. We came outside and the next minute the police and ambulance arrived. I was petrified.
"I knew it was a murder, but I didn't know how awful it was until I read about the court case in The Sentinel."