father's killer faces life jail term, says court judge
man who fatally stabbed a 24 year-old Burnham-On-Sea resident
in Bristol last year faces a life jail term, a court has heard.
Cox, right, was stabbed to death in Egerton Road, Bishopston
in August 2013, as reported here.
a father of two, had lived with his family in Highbridge Road,
Burnham for many years and previously attended Brent Knoll School
and Burnham's St Joseph's School before moving on to Highbridge's
King Alfred School and Bridgwater College.
Derek Hancock has pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished
responsibility at a hearing at Bristol Crown Court.
was described in court as "deluded and psychotic". Prosecuting,
Richard Smith QC described how Hancock repeatedly made "unfounded
and untrue" allegations that Robert Cox and other residents
had made perverted sexual actions towards him.
court heard that on the night of Mr Cox's death, Hancock phoned
the police and told them he "would take the law into his
police contacted support workers, but later the hostel's CCTV
captured Hancock taking a large kitchen knife. Mr Cox died despite
the efforts of paramedics who were called to the scene.
Mr Justice Teare indicated that Hancock would receive a life sentence,
with a minimum of four years and nine months to serve, and made
it clear that he would only be released when no longer considered
a danger to the public.
hearing was adjourned without the formal sentencing with Hancock
remanded in custody for two months at which time a hospital bed
will be available.
Burnham man Robert Cox, who was killed in Bristol last year