Questioning whether a psychiatric report was required, Judge Alan Parker commented: “I find it extraordinary that someone should attack their own mother, particularly a man of 66.”

Although Nick Devine, defend-ing, said it was not, the judge said: “I’m not going to sentence him; I want a psychiatric report. He tried to strangle his mother and told her he was going to kill her and wanted her to believe it. It is scarcely cap-able of belief. It’s extraordinary that any man should behave like that towards his own mother, particularly a man of 66 when she is almost 90.

“He’s lucky he’s not charged with attempted murder, frankly.”

Although after Cheshire first entered his guilty pleas the case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report (PSR) to be prepared on him, he refused to co-operate with a probation officer who went to see him in prison.

And Judge Parker ordered: “A further attempt should be made to prepare a pre-sentence report after the psychiatric report has been prepared. If he doesn’t co-operate with the psychiatric report and the PSR, I’m likely to come to adverse conclusions of the risk he poses to his mother in the future.”

Adjourning the case for the reports to be prepared, the judge remanded Cheshire in custody.

And he told him: “I hope you feel ashamed of yourself, although I suspect you’re not. You may present a significant risk of causing serious harm. I will not know until I have seen the reports.”