Somes McFarland found guilty of Peter Oates murder

Somes McFarland McFarland will be sentenced in December

A man has been found guilty of the murder of a fellow resident at a supported home in Cornwall.

Somes McFarland, 28, attacked Peter Oates, 51, in his room at Henley House, in Fore Street, in Pool, Truro Crown Court heard.

Mr Oates suffered 19 fractures of the ribs and injuries to his head and neck and his body was found on 25 March.

McFarland, who claimed he was drunk and had no recollection of the incident, will be sentenced on 21 December.

He was remanded in custody by Judge Justice Burnett until sentencing.

'Tragic circumstances'

A consultant psychiatrist told the jury that McFarland suffers from Asperger's syndrome.

Defence counsel Simon Laws QC had asked the court to consider the lesser offence of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

After the verdict, Det Insp Stuart Ellis said: "This has been a tragic case.

Peter Oates Mr Oates' family has described him as a generous and kind-hearted man

"My thoughts remain with the victim's family."

In a tribute, Mr Oates' family said he was sadly missed and was a generous, kind-hearted man.

They added: "We still find it hard to believe that Peter is no longer with us.

"[We] find it difficult to comprehend the tragic circumstances in which he died."

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