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Man admits beating his father to death in Dorset

Winton Cooper was violently beaten by his son, Joseph Cooper, in April last year Photo:

A man has admitted beating his father to death at their home in Dorset in what was described in court as a 'shocking and gruesome' attack.

Howard Winton Cooper, a former BBC journalist, was found dead at his cottage in Marnhull near Sturminster Newton in April last year.

He'd been attacked with a hammer, kitchen knives and secateurs.

Mr Cooper's son, 24-year-old Joseph Cooper, appeared in court today and pleaded guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility after reports found he was mentally ill.

He will undergo a hospital assessment before being sentenced.