A son who was banned from contacting his vulnerable mother after physically attacking her for many years beat her to death in her flat after gaining entry – breaking her ribs 41 times and leaving her to die on her bed.
Depraved Lewis Bush, 26, killed his mother Kelly Pitt, 44, at her house in Newport in May this year after breaking the terms of his bail conditions for assaulting her in February which prohibited him from contacting her.
Ms Pitt was found on a blood-soaked bed, covered in a duvet, and was declared dead at the scene with a post-mortem examination finding she had ‘severe blunt-force trauma to the head, neck and trunk’.
She was described as a ‘lovely person inside and out’ had suffered internal bleeding and rib fractures. Mirror glass and clumps of hair were found around her body.
Police bodycam footage captured the chilling moment Bush was filmed laughing after being told his mother was murdered – and faked shock, saying: ‘You’re joking?’
This is the chilling moment a killer son was filmed laughing at being told his mother was murdered – and faked shock, saying: ‘You’re joking?’
Devoted Kelly Pitt, 44, was viciously attacked by her son who broke her ribs 41 times at home
Lewis Bush was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years at Newport Crown Court
Bush was captured on camera while he was arrested before feigning shock when he was told she died and asking for his spot cream.
The police footage showed the killer laughing after being handcuffed saying incredulously: ‘Murder? Are you joking me?
‘What? My mum is dead? Serious? You are joking me? My mum’s gone?’
Bush can also be heard on camera telling police he is worried they are going to assault him while showing no emotion about his mother’s death.
He said: ‘You won’t harm me or nothing will you? It seems like you’re all going to fill me in.’
Newport Crown Court previously heard Bush carried out a ‘ferocious and sustained assault’ but escaped before his mother was found by a neighbour.
Prosecutor Chris Rees KC said the flat door was open in her home in Newport, Gwent and ‘it looked as if Kelly Pitt had been battered’.
Mr Rees described her as a ‘vulnerable woman with alcohol issues’ who was 5ft 5in and ‘in no position to fight off the attack’.
Blood on the pyjama trousers worn by Ms Pitt matched that of Bush and Mr Rees said the victim ‘would have suffered considerable physical pain before her death’.
The mother-of-three – whose daughter Lauren had previously died – made a call to her daughter Jordan two days earlier where Bush could be heard verbally assaulting her.
Her last words to her daughter were a plea that she call the police – but she never made that call.
She messaged for two days asking if her mother was OK. But then she rang and her brother answered to say said their mother was unwell in bed and was ‘in no fit state’ to see her.
Mr Rees said Bush ‘left her there for dead’ and CCTV footage showed him at a nearby cash point and buying a bottle of lager on May 12.
Bush was heard on camera telling police he is worried they are going to beat him up while showing no emotion about his mother’s death
Ms Pitt was found on a blood-soaked bed, covered in a duvet, and was declared dead at the scene
At the time of the murder, Bush was subject to bail conditions for assaulting his mother in February and was banned from contacting her.
He also had multiple previous convictions, including for battery against his mother and sister.
Mr Rees said Ms Pitt was ‘subjected to domestic violence for many years’ by Bush.
Reading a victim impact statement, Jordan Bush said her mother was ‘caring, loving, funny and bubbly’ and described her as a ‘warm welcoming lady who made sure everyone was well looked after’.
She said she did not call the police when asked because she thought things would be sorted by the next day, as they had been previously.
‘I have to live with that guilt every day,’ she said.
Addressing her brother in the dock, she added: ‘Our mother will never get to see her granddaughter grow up because of what you did.
‘I am now alone without a mum, sister or brother because you are no brother of mine.’
Bush, of Newport, was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years at Newport Crown Court. He changed his plea to guilty just weeks before the trial was due to start.
Judge Daniel Williams said: ‘Over the years, the court has heard, you subjected your poor mother to a great deal of violence.
‘You bullied her and others in your family. You were on bail for having assaulted your mother when you murdered her.
‘That Kelly’s life should end as it did is a wrong that no sentence will right.’
After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Virginia Davies, the senior investigation officer in the case, said: ‘The family of Kelly Pitt are left devastated by the loss of their beloved mother, grandmother and sister at the hands of her son.
‘I want to reassure anyone coming forward to report domestic abuse or violence against women and girls that there is a wide range of support services available, and we urge you to come forward.’