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Pensioner knifed plumber to death over boiler repair

A PENSIONER who stabbed a plumber to death after he charged him £1,350 to fix a 48-year-old boiler has been jailed for ten years.

William Treadwell (pictured), 68, beat Gary Amer six times over the head with a mallet and stabbed him 30 times at his Walworth home in south-east London. Prosecutor Timothy Cray said Mr Amer, 63, a plumber for 30 years, had ordered boiler parts and took a £400 deposit. He called out a specialist electrician, then realised he had been sent the wrong parts.

The ‘agitated’ homeowner concluded Mr Amer was a ‘rogue trader’ and ‘attacked him from behind’ in August last year, Mr Cray said.

Treadwell then took the bus to his daughter’s home to give her £6,500 cash. He went to the pub for ‘a last drink’ before turning himself in to police, Southwark crown court heard.

Meanwhile, his sister had come home and discovered the body, which Treadwell had covered with a sheet.

Treadwell denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Edward Henry, defending, said he had suffered from untreated depression since having a stroke a year earlier.