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Man jailed after pleading guilty to manslaughter

News   •   Sep 30, 2019 18:50 BST

[Jailed: William Treadwell]

A pensioner who admitted killing a plumber working at his flat has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

On Monday, 12 August - at Southwark Crown Court - William Treadwell, 68 (25.01.51) of Madron Street, Southwark pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of 63-year-old Gary Amer of Holborn in 2018.

He was sentenced on Monday, 30 September.

Detectives Chief Inspector Dave Blair, of the Met’s Serious Crime Command, said: “The injuries inflicted on Gary Amer were horrifying, and it is only right that Treadwell has been sentenced today and held to account for such a brutal killing.

“My thoughts are with Gary’s partner, his family and friends.”

Police were called to Treadwell’s flat at 14:02hrs on 17 August 2018 after Mr Amer was found unresponsive on the kitchen floor, bleeding heavily and with two large knives embedded in his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A post-mortem examination held two days later at Greenwich Mortuary gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head.

Around an hour after emergency services had been called to the flat, Treadwell phoned police from the Fox on the Hill pub in Dulwich. Officers attended, and he was arrested at 15:25hrs.

A murder investigation was launched. 

After being arrested, Treadwell had said to a police constable: “I’ve done a terrible thing”. 

Treadwell was charged and appeared at Camberwell Magistrates Court on 20 August 2018.