A man has been charged with murdering his own mum after he survived being hit by a train.
Rose Marie Tinton, more commonly known as “Marie,” was discovered inside her house in Southport by police officers in late January.
Andrew Tinton, formerly of Folkestone Road in Southport, and understood to be Mrs Tinton’s son has been charged with her murder. The 54-year-old will appear in court next month.
He was hit by a train, near Kirkdale train station a few hours before Mrs Tinton’s body was found.
That incident triggered officers visiting her home.
Shortly after her death friends who knew Mrs Tinton paid tribute. Friends from the Baháʼí Faith spoke of their affection for the widow, who had lost her husband John 18 months before her death.
Along with her husband, she was a former director of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of Sefton, before resigning in 2002.
One former member of the religion said: “I got to know Marie in the late 1990s.
“Shortly afterwards she decided to register as a member of the Baha’i Faith and became a member of our Community in Southport.
“Marie lived quite close to the supermarket where we shopped and I used to pop in to say hello.
“Marie always welcomed people into their home where we shared cooking ideas and had many meaningful conversations which always brought smiles and laughter and our friendship grew.”
The Baháʼí faith is described as “teaching the essential worth of all religions and the unity of all people…..”to transform the character of humankind and to develop, within those who respond, moral and spiritual qualities”.
The friend added: “As with all things our circumstances changed and Marie travelled quite a lot to somewhere in Liverpool to be near her family.
“She was a warmhearted and kind person and was there for other people.
“I met her on the local bus and visits to her home ceased as we moved house.
“Thinking of Marie’s family I am sending my condolences and saying that she will be missed for her quiet, gentle attitude and calm way she dealt with the challenges she had to face.”
Marie’s cause of death was given at an inquest as ‘blunt force trauma’.
In a statement today Merseyside Police said: “Officers attended at a house in Folkestone Road in Southport on the evening of Friday 29 January this year where they found the body of a woman. Mrs Tinton, 82, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
“Andrew Tinton, formerly of Folkestone Road in Southport, has been charged with her murder.
“He is currently remanded into custody to appear at South Sefton magistrates court on Friday 1 October.”