Man, 24, stabbed bed-bound grandad to death after pet ferret died

A 24-year-old has admitted to stabbing his bedridden grandfather after his ferret died during lockdown.

Ben Oliver, from Bexleyheath, appearing at the Old Bailey today (Friday 14 January) has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied the charge of murder.

Police were called to the home of 74-year-old David Oliver on the morning of January 19 last year.

They found the victim lying on his bed with serious injuries to his neck, chest and eyes.

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A large knife was also laid across his body, the court heard.

Mr Oliver had been confined to a hospital bed due to heart problems and was pronounced dead by emergency services at the scene.

Ben Oliver was arrested the following day and charged with the murder of his grandfather.

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A previous hearing at the Old Bailey claimed the defendant had suffered from isolation during the third national lockdown and was upset at the recent death of his pet ferret.

The victim’s wife was in court today and will later testify at his trial.

The defendant, who appeared via video link from Wandsworth Prison, has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on May 23.

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