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Man cut off flatmate's head

A paranoid schizophrenic killed his flatmate and cut off his head in a frenzied attack after suffering from delusions that he was being persecuted, a court heard today.

Karl Addo, 30, suffered years of mental illness which led to an extreme complex that he was being assaulted and injected with drugs.

He snapped on the day he had been told to leave the flat in Bournemouth, Dorset, he shared with Spanish student Sergio Marquez, 23.

He hit him with a cleaver and stabbed him in what was a "prolonged horrific and very violent attack"

Addo absconded from a mental health unit the day before a tribunal in October 2011 decided he should be sectioned.

He then "disappeared" from mental health services before he moved to Bournemouth in May 2012. He killed Mr Marquez, a hotel waiter, on July 17 last year - nine months later.

Mother's tribute to Sergio

The mother of a Spanish student found dead in a flat in Bournemouth last year has paid tribute to her son as a man pleads guilty to his manslaughter.

30-year-old Karl Addo pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court this morning and is due to be sentenced on Wednesday.

Sergio Marquez was found dead in a flat last summer Credit: Dorset Police

Sergio's mother Maria Carmen Marquez Torres, said:

"As well as mother and son, we were best friends and we looked after each other. When he was young Sergio did not stop repeating ‘I want to be happy’, and he achieved this.

Sergio Marquez was found dead in a flat last summer Credit: Dorset Police

"Sergio’s life was cut short, a boy that only wanted to work, learn, help others, enjoy the life that God gave him and make everybody that new him happy. He had such a beautiful life. He wanted to be a father and have three children, and the thought of this filled him with excitement.

Sergio Marquez was found dead in a flat last summer Credit: Dorset Police

"Sergio had everything, he was handsome, happy, kind, healthy, responsible, fun, and polite. He is a person that is impossible to replace. I would like to thank the people of Bournemouth, and those who have shown their affection with floral tributes and writings.”


No manslaughter charges after fall death

Four men will not face manslaughter charges after a worker died in a 30ft fall at a skip hire and waste disposal company, police have revealed.

Lindsay Campbell, 66, sustained fatal injuries when he fell from the bucket of an excavator at South Coast Skips in Ford on July 25th.

Today Sussex Police said manslaughter by gross negligence charges will not be brought against four men: a 62-year-old from Wickham, Hampshire, a 26-year-old from Fareham, a 47-year-old from Birdham, near Chichester, and a 50-year-old from Bognor Regis.

A police spokesman said that following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service it was decided there was "insufficient evidence to initiate criminal proceedings for manslaughter".

However, the Health and Safety Executive are now taking the lead in the investigation and are considering prosecutions for offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act."

– Police spokesman
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