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SA woman ruled unfit over mother's death

AAP logoAAP 31/10/2016

An elderly Adelaide woman spent a week lying on the floor of her home without food or water before dying of dehydration, a court has been told.

The body of Josephine Peake, 82, was found on the bathroom floor on October 17, 2014 after her daughter Michelle called for an ambulance.

The 56-year-old was later charged with her mother's manslaughter but at the start of her trial in the Supreme Court on Monday was found to be mentally incompetent by Justice Ann Vanstone.

In a hearing on the facts of the case, Peake's first statement to police was read to the court which described how her mother spent several days lying on the kitchen floor and later the bathroom floor after an apparent fall.

But Peake said she did not give her mother any food or water because she was afraid she might choke.

She said her mother continually asked her not to call an ambulance, insisting that she would be OK.

The hearing is continuing.

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