Man stabbed Derby flatmate and told police: 'I killed him and he deserved it'

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A paranoid schizophrenic from Derby violently stabbed a housemate then calmly went next door and asked a neighbour to call police.

James Eames attacked Liam Pennick on the landing of their home in Allenton, a court was told.

Eames had been released from a hospital order weeks before the attack and had stopped taking his prescribed medication.

When police arrived at the front door, the 41-year-old answered it to them and said: “He’s upstairs, he’s dead, I killed him and he deserved it.”

Michael Auty QC, prosecuting, said the killing took place at a terraced house Eames and Mr Pennick, 31, had only been sharing for a matter of days in Allen Street.

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He said their next door neighbour returned home from work and “suddenly heard a loud thud” coming from next door.

Mr Auty said: “Ten minutes later there was a knock at the door. It was the defendant and the following conversation took place:

“He said to the neighbour ‘all right, mate? Can you ring the police?’.

“The neighbour asked ‘what for?’ and the defendant replied ‘I think I have stabbed someone, I stabbed him three times to the neck.’.”

Mr Auty said the neighbour called the police who arrived at Eames’ house and knocked at the door.

He said: “The defendant answered the door and calmly said to the officers ‘he’s upstairs, he’s dead, I have killed him he deserved it’.

“’I am calm, he stole from me, he rushed into my room and I just flipped.

“’I hit him a few times and then stabbed him in the neck’.”

In today’s hearing, at Nottingham Crown Court, Mr Auty said that three of the officers went upstairs and found Mr Pennick lying unconscious on the landing having suffered stab wounds to his face and neck.

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They attempted CPR until paramedics arrived to take him to hospital but he was declared dead around an hour later.

A post mortem examination result revealed he suffered three deep stab wounds and a number of other knife injuries.

Mr Auty told the court how Eames had received surgery to remove a brain tumour as a nine-year-old which caused “a real change in him leading to him becoming aggressive”.

He said Eames had been previously diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and also had a history of taking class A drugs.

He told the court Eames had been released from a hospital order weeks before he attacked Mr Pennick and had stopped taking his prescribed medication.

In his interview, Eames was played the body cam footage from when police went inside the Allen Street address and “did not seek to dispute” his full admission to being responsible for the killing.

Eames pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at the same court at a hearing in August.

Alwyn Jones QC, for Eames, said his client had been seen and assessed by two separate consultant psychiatrists who had both concluded how he was suffering from psychoactive psychosis at the time he killed Mr Pennick.

Mr Jones said: “They both express the view that his mental disorder significantly contributed to the defendant doing what he did on that day.

“He wants the public gallery to know he had no premeditation to attack Mr Pennick and wishes to apologise to those affected for his actions on that day.”