Sooke man in court for sentencing in mother’s death
A 38-year-old West Shore man was in court on Wednesday for sentencing in his mother’s death.
Pamela Dyer was found dead inside her home in July 2014.
Two months later her son Michael McCormick was arrested and charged in her death.
Last month he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The 64-year-old grandmother’s death shocked the quiet neighbourhood and her family.
Dyer’s relatives said the emotions are still raw.
“There’s a certain amount of anger on behalf of the family and a lot of grieving, but no amount of anger will ever bring Pam back,” said Dyer’s brother-in-law, Roger Cardinal.
On Tuesday the court saw a taped police interview from the day McCormick was arrested in which he admits to killing his mom.
McCormick said he did it because he was in a drug-induced psychosis.
“I didn’t think she was my mom. I thought she was like a creature from another planet,” he said in the interrogation.
Pathologists have said Dyer’s death was likely caused by asphyxia, partly because of the 25 fractures to her ribs.
The courtroom also heard the Sooke man attacked his mother in the neck with one of her own knitting needles.
The sentencing hearing is expected to wrap on Thursday.
The crown is asking for 12 to 15 years for McCormick.
No decision is expected until January.
With files from CTV Vancouver Island's Robert Buffam