26-year-old Nathan Robinson was found guilty of the murder of William Spiller by a jury at Winchester Crown Court following a full trial.
He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter which was rejected by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The court heard that Robinson murdered his 48-year-old father on Thursday 16 May 2013. Police were called to Mr Spiller’s home in Stedman Road on Monday 17 June 2013 after receiving a ‘concern for welfare’ call from his partner.
Mr Spiller’s dismembered remains were discovered packed in plastic storage boxes in his home. Robinson had stolen his father’s mobile phone and £8,000 in cash before travelling to Glasgow, Birmingham and Bristol to visit friends and relatives.
Robinson was arrested at his mother’s home in the Birmingham area on Tuesday 18 June 2013. He admitted killing his father before using a Stanley knife and saw to cut up the body.
The court heard of the lengths Robinson went to in an attempt to evade justice. A Vax carpet cleaner and steamer were found in Mr Spiller’s home and showed evidence of being used to clean up the scene.
In the month before the body was discovered, Robinson also posed as his father by sending texts from the stolen mobile phone to Mr Spiller’s partner and friend.
The jury took one hour and 50 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict of guilty. Robinson will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.
A mother and son are due in court charged in connection with the murder of a nurse in Bournemouth.
The body of Rui Li, who was 44, was found in the boot of a car in May. 27-year-old, Jonathan LeGris and his mother 66-year-old, Erosa Smith were charged with conspiracy to murder yesterday. They are due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates this morning.
Rui Li's husband - 60-year-old Pierre LeGris has been charged with her murder and is awaiting trial.
Thames Valley Police has arrested a man on suspicion of murder in relation to the death of a man on the M4.
The 25-year-old from Tottenham was arrested last night. He is currently in police custody.
The arrest is in relation to the death of 48-year-old Mark Pilgrim, who died on the motorway on Friday.
Family and friends of Pennie Davis, who was stabbed to death in the New Forest, have gathered in Southampton for her funeral:
Two people have been charged with conspiracy to murder a mother-of-five in the New Forest.
Supermarket worker Pennie Davis, 47, was stabbed to death as she tended to her horses near Beaulieu in September.
Benjamin Carr, 22, and Samantha Maclean, 28, both from the New Forest, have been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear before Southampton Magistrates' Court later.
Justin Robertson, of no fixed address, has already been charged with murdering Ms Davis, while Leanne Doyle, 24, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, was also charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.
Ms Davis's funeral is due to take place in Southampton later today.
The funeral of Pennie Davis is taking place today in Southampton ,
The 47 year-old mum of five was stabbed to death in September - while tending to her horses in a paddock near Beaulieu in the New Forest.
Two people were arrested in connection with the murder this week, and both remain in police custody.
A plasterer who murdered his twin brother in a drunken fight on New Year's Eve
has been given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 13 years.<
Robert Cerqua, 32, was convicted yesterday of killing his brother Christopher,
a carpenter, by a jury of nine men and three women at Winchester Crown Court
after almost 16 hours of deliberations.<
The trial heard that Cerqua stabbed his twin in a "fit of temper" following
an argument that took place in the kitchen of the family house in Langdown Road,
Hythe, Hampshire, on December 31 last year.<
Sentencing Cerqua, who was wearing a shirt and tie, judge Mr Justice Teare
said: "You have been found guilty by the jury of the murder of your twin
brother Christopher on New Year's Eve last year.<
"His death and its consequences have had, and will continue to have, a
devastating effect on your parents and those close to you.<
"You grew up with your brother and from time to time worked with him in the
building trade. When you were both sober, it seems you got on well.<
"But when each of you had too much alcohol, there was a risk an argument might
break out leading to violence. That had happened before and it happened on New
"On New Year's Eve you and he were drinking in the kitchen of your parents'
home. It's unlikely that violence was on your mind or your brother's mind when
you started drinking.<
"From 6pm to 8pm, it's gathered from the record of text messages that all was
well. However, as soon as you both drank more, it seems that you feared a fight
might break out.<
"Then an argument and a fight broke out, quite why is not known, but it did.<
"Whether you picked up a kitchen knife from the worktop or your brother did is
also not clear but what is clear is that you ended up with the knife in your
hand and you stabbed your brother in the abdomen, causing a fatal wound."<
The court heard that Cerqua had served previous prison sentences for offences
of battery and affray relating to domestic incidents involving his former
He also had previous convictions for motoring offences and criminal damage.<
Nicholas Haggan QC told the trial that Cerqua, who had been drinking, got
involved in an argument with his brother which then turned violent.<
He said the parents of the twins, Peter and Denise Cerqua, were present in the
property, where both sons also lived, when the fight took place in the kitchen.<
Mr Haggan said Mrs Cerqua dialled 999 to ask for police assistance and during
the call, which was played to the jury, her husband called out to his wife
asking for an ambulance before he shouted: "He's stabbed him."<
The jury was shown photographs of the kitchen, which showed several crushed
empty cans of Stella Artois lager alongside party food.<
Mr Haggan said the defendant fled the property bare-foot and called his
girlfriend, who took him to a friend's party where he continued to get drunk.<
He said: "This is a tragic case. It involves the killing by this defendant,
Robert Cerqua, of his identical twin brother, Christopher Cerqua.<
"The incident which led to Christopher's death occurred in the kitchen of the
family home in Hythe, where both their mother and father were present in the
"In a nutshell, it was New Year's Eve last year, both brothers had been
drinking, shortly before 9pm an argument started between the two brothers.<
"That argument appears to have turned into a tussle, punches may have been
exchanged, at some point this defendant picked up a kitchen knife and he used it
to stab his brother Christopher.<
"Having done so, the defendant fled the family home. He didn't even stop to
take the time to put on a pair of shoes before he left the house.<
"He telephoned his girlfriend, who picked him up in her car and took him to a
friend's house where a New Year's Eve party was in full swing.<
"The defendant turned off his mobile phone which meant that he could not be
contacted by the police.<
"He stayed at that New Year's Eve party until the police traced him to that
address and he was arrested on suspicion of murder. By then he was very
Mr Haggan said that Cerqua inflicted a single stab wound to his brother's lower
stomach which was about seven inches deep.<
He said the defendant told police he had acted in self-defence.<
He explained that DNA found on this knife matched both the defendant and his
brother because, as identical twins, they shared the same DNA profile.<
Mr Haggan said a blood test showed that Christopher had 230mg of alcohol in
80ml of blood - almost three times the drink-drive limit - and Robert told
police he had drunk six cans of lager and two glasses of red wine before leaving
He also told police that he had a "fiery relationship" with his brother and
drink could make him "nasty" and "short-tempered".
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a car fire in Dartford.
Kent Police is treating the death of a woman, named locally as Donna Eastwood, as an isolated, targeted attack.
They believe the offender and the victim knew each other and say there is no information to suggest the public are in danger.
Emergency services were called to Rowhill Road in the Dartford area early on Saturday morning after the woman's body was found in a burning car.
The arrest comes after officers and a police helicopter have been conducting searches of the local area.
Flowers have been laid in tribute to a woman whose body was found in a burning vehicle in Kent.
Police began a murder inquiry after emergency services were called to Rowhill Road in the Dartford area early on Saturday morning.
The victim has been named locally as Donna Eastwood, a mother of four, whose former partner is understood to have been Kevin McKinley, who was shot dead last year.
Michaela Sargeant, 25, was convicted of the manslaughter of the 32-year-old outside her home in Overy Street, Dartford. She was sentenced to eight years in prison.
The burnt out car has now been removed from the scene, leaving scorch marks on the ground.
The police helicopter has been helping officers search the Wilmington area.