Chingford man bludgeoned mum to death

Mitchell Denahy was found guilty of manslaughter at his retrial last week

Mitchell Denahy, 27 (courtesy of Met Police)

A Chingford man has been found guilty of killing his mother by beating her with a plumbing tool.

Mitchell Denahy, 27, was arrested on 22nd January 2020 after police were called to a disturbance at the Waverley Avenue home he shared with his mother.

Officers arrived shortly before midnight and found 61-year-old Beverley in the hallway next to a blood-spattered wall and hidden under clothing and household items. 

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Beverley was killed by blunt force trauma and had serious injuries to both her head and face, which a court later heard were inflicted by a metal stopcock key, a plumbing tool about a metre long. 

Denahy was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene and, during a police interview, answered no comment to nearly all questions.

He first went on trial last year but the jury was unable to reach a decision, forcing a retrial.

On 3rd March, a second jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court was also unable to decide if he was guilty of murder and he was convicted instead of manslaughter.

He will be sentenced at the same court on 28th April.

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