‘I’m sorry, I have just killed my Nan’: Grandson, 33, ‘slit his 94-year-old dementia suffering grandmother’s throat with a bread knife before telling care home staff ‘I couldn’t take it anymore”
A grandson slit his 94-year-old grandmother’s throat with a bread knife before telling care home staff he ‘couldn’t take it anymore’.
Antony Jennings, 33, walked into Forest Place Nursing Home in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, signed the visitors’ book, drank tea with his grandmother Ruby Wilson and then killed her with a 20cm long blade in her room.
Care home staff said the dementia patient seemed ‘pleased to see her grandson’ before he killed her in a brutal daytime attack on November 29 last year.
After the killing Chelmsford Crown Court heard he tapped a nurse on her arm and said: ‘I’m sorry, I have just killed my Nan.’
And when asked if he was serious replied: ‘I’m not joking.’
After the alarm was raised officers rushed to the scene and arrested blood-soaked Jennings who was pacing up and down the corridors saying: ‘I just couldn’t take it anymore, she doesn’t know who anyone is, she doesn’t understand.
The great-great-grandmother died in her bedroom armchair and Jennings, of Ilford, east London, was arrested and detained.
As he was led away by police he told officers: ‘I just wanted to get that done for ages mate’ and ‘she was dead anyway’.
Psychiatric testing later discovered he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia with elements of psychosis.
He appeared in the dock at Chelmsford Crown Court today flanked by hospital staff as he denied one count of murder and admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
Jennings wore a blue tracksuit and looked blank from behind the glass dock as prosecutor Stephen Rose QC opened the case.
He told the court: ‘The defendant Mr Jennings accepts that he killed Ruby Wilson.
‘There is no dispute about that, but he denies he is guilty of murder on the belief he is only guilty of manslaughter by reason of something called diminished responsibility.
‘The prosecution do not accept that this is a case of diminished responsibility, the prosecution say this is a case of murder.
‘At around 1.20pm on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th November 2017 the police received a 999 call from staff at a care home called Forest Place in Buckhurst Hill.
‘The defendant Mr Jennings is the grandson of the deceased Ruby Wilson was a resident in that care home in November 2017, in response to the 999 call you will hear police officers attended.
‘They spoke to members of staff in the care home and were informed that a resident had been killed by her grandson.
‘Police officers observed a male who was pacing up and down the corridor, there is no dispute this male was the defendant Anthony Jennings.
‘He said something along the lines of ‘I just couldn’t take it anymore, she doesn’t know who anyone is, she doesn’t understand. ‘
‘I killed her, I just cut her throat and killed her.’
Despite her diagnosis the court heard Mrs Wilson was well cared for and enjoyed visits from her family.
Mr Rose added that she was often visited by her daughter and despite periods of confusion she was responding to staff in the home she had lived for seven months.
He said: ‘Everyone will appreciate it was a very difficult situation and staff were dealing with a lady with a tragic medical condition.
‘But on the face of it she was cared for, loved and visited by a close member of family.’
Defence Dorian Lovell-Pank also addressed the jury of seven men and five women and said that his client was ‘deeply disturbed’ and had been unwell for months before for the killing.
In the wake of the killing bosses at the nursing home branded it a ‘tragedy’ and staff were offered counselling.
The facility sits at the top a leafy hill on the outskirts of London where houses sell for as much as £1million.
It cares for dementia sufferers, people with physical disabilities and offers palliative care.
A spokesman for the home said: ‘This has been a traumatic experience for all of us at Forest Place, and we would like to thank Essex County Council for their support and offer of counselling which has been made available to all residents, relatives and staff of the nursing home.’
The trial is expected to last two weeks and continues.