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Man jailed for manslaughter of grandfather in Greenwich

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Man jailed for manslaughter of grandfather in Greenwich

A man has been sentenced for the manslaughter of his grandfather in Greenwich.

Ben Oliver, 25 (26.02.97) of Lion Road, Bexleyheath, appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 28 July, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of nine years.

Oliver had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the same court on 30 May and had been remanded in custody to await sentence.

The court heard that at 11:52hrs on 19 January 2021 police attended a call to a residential address at West Park, SE9.

At the scene, 74-year-old David Oliver was found suffering from stab wounds. Despite the efforts of emergency services, Mr Oliver was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 12:25hrs.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to have been multiple stab wounds.

During trial the court heard that David Oliver had been in poor health. He was immobile and bedbound, having suffered a stroke in 2016.

On the day of the murder Ben Oliver entered his grandfather’s bedroom where, in a frenzied attack with a kitchen knife, he ended David Oliver’s life.

The body was discovered shortly after and police were called.

Ben Oliver, then 23, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He was taken to a south London police station and has remained in custody throughout the court process.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran who led the Homicide investigation said: “This has been a tragic case that has left a family fractured. My thoughts are with them today.”