Dorset

Body parts killer Nathan Robinson guilty of father's murder

Nathan Robinson and William Spiller Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Nathan Robinson (left) stabbed his father to death and dismembered his body

A man who stabbed his father to death and put his dismembered body into storage boxes he was using as a TV stand, has been convicted of murder.

Nathan Robinson, 27, used a Stanley knife, a hacksaw and a saw to cut up William Spiller's body at their shared flat in Stedman Road, Bournemouth.

Robinson had denied the charge but admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.

The jury at Winchester Crown Court took 90 minutes to find him guilty.

Robinson told the court he had only limited memories of the killing in May 2013, prompted because his father had abused him as a child.

He was also "greatly affected" by his mother Elaine working as a prostitute and had found an advertisement detailing her services, the jury was told.

'Clarity of mind'

Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, said however, Robinson's more likely motive was a financial one, because he owed his 48-year-old taxi driver father £36,000.

The court heard the defendant also took almost £8,000 of Mr Spiller's cash, which he used after the killing to go partying with friends in Scotland and to take his mother to a vegan weekend in Bristol.

Following the verdict Desmond Duffy, senior crown prosecutor in Wessex, said: "Nathan Robinson savagely killed his father, William Spiller, and then went to great lengths to hide his crime.

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Media captionCCTV of Nathan Robinson on 16 May, 2013, the day he murdered his father, and audio of him on 27 May 2013, talking to the police

"The 27-year-old, who lived with his father, accepted that his financial position was dire at the start of 2013."

The prosecution argued Robinson did not suffer from any "abnormality of mental functioning" that would have diminished his responsibility for the killing.

"The jury heard that the way Mr Robinson acted after the killing could only show clarity of mind," Mr Duffy continued.

"Not only did he dismember his father's body, he paid the month's rent on the flat, purchased two Vax cleaners to remove blood stains from the floor and pretended his father was still alive by sending texts to one of his father's best friends and to his father's partner, Glenys Molyneaux, who became very worried and alerted the police."

The court heard Robinson and his father had a history of disputes.

On May 16 2013 their downstairs neighbour heard the sounds of a struggle and then Mr Spiller asking his son to get him an ambulance.

Robinson admitted stabbing his father to death and cutting his body into pieces.

He then stored the body parts in plastic boxes, with a television placed on top in the victim's bedroom.

Mr Spiller's head was placed in a box and put in a filing cabinet.

Mr Duffy added: "Our thoughts go out to Ms Molyneaux and the rest of Mr Spiller's family and friends."

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