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Man sentenced for killing nephew

December 4, 2012, 6:58 pm

A pensioner who admitted killing his nephew after suffering an acute episode of delirium and mistaking him for a burglar has been sentenced today (4 December).

Ezekiel McCarthy (dob 08.11.27 – 85 yrs) of Knightleas Court, Brondesbury Park NW2 was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also given a two-year supervision order.

McCarthy had pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on 1 November, by reason of diminished responsibility to the manslaughter of Desbert Welsh, 50, in north London in November 2011.

The court heard that McCarthy, from Cricklewood, was suffering from an episode of delirium and dementia when the incident happened. McCarthy was also suffering from an acute urinary infection which contributed to his confused state of mind.

On Saturday, 12 November 2011, just after 09:00hrs, McCarthy woke up in a confused state and mistook his nephew, who had been staying the night, for an intruder. McCarthy then stabbed Desbert. There is no evidence that Desbert was in anyway to blame for the attack on him. Police were called and discovered Desbert Welsh, of West Ella Road, NW10 suffering a stab wound to his chest. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington but died on 13 November 2012.

Detective Inspector Andy Manning said at the conclusion of the hearing, “This was an incredibly sad case in which an uncle unwittingly killed his nephew.

“They were very close and had been out celebrating McCarthy’s birthday the night before this incident.

“Desbert’s family have been left devastated by his loss and are still grieving for him.”

McCarthy was released on bail pending the completion of presentence reports. He was sentenced on 4 December 2012.

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