A PENSIONER has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a resident at a care home in Burtonwood.

Marie Seyferth, from Preston, originally denied trying to kill a 68-year-old woman at St Mary’s Continuing Care on Penny Lane in May 2016 and the case was listed for a four-day trial this year.

But the 68-year-old changed her plea today, Monday, during a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

An investigation was launched after police were called to the care home shortly before 1pm on May 18, 2016, following an attack where the victim was stabbed multiple times in the back, neck and face.

Seyferth was arrested shortly after the stabbing.

The 68-year-old, who has appeared via a video link during previous court hearings, has been under the care of mental health professionals since the incident after a hospital order was imposed.

But Seyferth was present for the latest hearing where judge Neil Flewitt QC decided to adjourn the case for medical evidence including 'a prognosis and plans for further treatment'.

He said: "I want to have a better understanding of why this proposal is considered preferable.

"I would also like a better understanding about why she was able to behave as she did while still under the care of health care professionals."

He added: "I want to avoid this happening again."

The court heard how medical experts believe her 'mental illness' was the 'main driving factor' behind the attack.

Speaking to Seyferth, Judge Flewitt added: "You have pleaded guilty to a very serious offence and I have to decide for you and the public if you should be in prison or in hospital.

"I'm very much aware of your mental health issues and I will take them into account when I sentence you."

Seyferth repeatedly replied 'yes sir' before saying 'thank you' as she left the dock.

She will be sentenced on April 13 at Liverpool Crown Court.