An elderly man sought urgent help for his mental health the day before killing his next door neighbour, a court heard on Wednesday.
Peter Weldon, 69, attended an urgent appointment in Somerset in October last year, before the ‘frenzied’ knife attack on Stuart Noble, who he wrongly believed was spying on him.
He had been referred by his GP after concerns about his deteriorating mental state, but was told there was no hospital bed available by The Bridge mental health unit in Wells.
At just after midday on October 8, Weldon was found by officers standing over the body, after ringing police to say he had stabbed Noble, 52, following an argument.
A coroner’s report concluded that he died as a result of multiple stab wounds to his face, neck and torso.
Weldon, from Oakhill, Radstock, was initially charged with murder on October 14 after being arrested at the scene in the Maltings, where Mr Noble was found deceased on the kitchen floor of his property.
But a plea of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility was later accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.
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Appearing before Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, he was issued with an indefinite hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act after entering a guilty plea.
Following his death, Mr Noble’s family paid tribute to him, stating: ‘We as a family are truly heart broken and shocked beyond words that Stuart’s life has been taken away so tragically.
‘Stuart will leave a gap in our family but will remain in our hearts forever.’
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Almond added: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Stuart Noble at this very difficult time.
‘We’d like to thank them and the wider community for their support during our investigation into this tragic incident.’
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