"I can't take it anymore": Man slits 94-yr-old grandmother's throat with butter knife while having tea with her at nursing home
Antony Jennings, 33, is accused of murdering his elderly grandmother at the Forest Place Nursing Home in Buckhurst Hill, Essex
In a shocking incident, a grandson reportedly slit his grandmother's throat using a bread knife and told the nursing home staff he "couldn't take it anymore." Ruby Wilson, 94, was "pleased" to see her grandson Antony Jennings, 33, of Ilford, east London, and sat down to have a cup of tea with him at the Forest Place Nursing Home in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, before things turned ugly.
According to the staff, Ruby, who suffered from dementia, had no idea what was about to transpire before Jennings took a 20 cm long blade and fatally attacked his grandma on November 29, 2017.
After the incident, he tapped a nurse on her shoulder and said, "I'm sorry, I have just killed my Nan", the Chelmsford Crown Court heard.
Officers were immediately summoned to the scene where they arrested Jennings, who was reportedly pacing up and down the corridor, rambling. "I just couldn't take it anymore... She doesn't know who anyone is, she doesn't understand," he reiterated.
As Jennings was arrested and detained, the great-great-grandmother lost her life sitting in her bedroom armchair. "I just wanted to get that done for ages, mate... She was dead anyway," he told officers as they led him away.
BREAKING: Antony Jennings, 32, of Clinton Crescent, Ilford, has been charged with the murder of 94-year-old Ruby Wilson at Forest Place Nursing Home in Buckhurst Hill. pic.twitter.com/7hKPHrE7XM— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) December 1, 2017
Later, it was found that Jennings suffered from paranoid schizophrenia with elements of psychosis after multiple rounds of psychiatric testing, Daily Mail reports.
He denied one count of murder and admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility as he was arraigned at the Chelmsford Crown Court today flanked by hospital staff.
Prosecutor Stephen Rose QC opened the case and told the court: "The defendant Mr. Jennings accepts that he killed Ruby Wilson. There is no dispute about that. But he denies he is guilty of murder on the belief he is only guilty of manslaughter by reason of something called diminished responsibility. The prosecution does not accept that this is a case of diminished responsibility, the prosecution says this is a case of murder. At around 1.20 pm on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th November 2017, the police received a 999 call from staff at a care home called Forest Place in Buckhurst Hill. "
"The defendant Mr. Jennings is the grandson of the deceased Ruby Wilson who was a resident in that care home in November 2017. In response to the 999 call, you will hear police officers attended. They spoke to members of staff in the care home and were informed that a resident had been killed by her grandson. Police officers observed a male who was pacing up and down the corridor. There is no dispute this male was the defendant Anthony Jennings. He said something along the lines of 'I just couldn't take it anymore, she doesn't know who anyone is, she doesn't understand. I killed her, I just cut her throat and killed her'", he continued.
Wilson was well cared for and looked forward to visits from her family despite her diagnosis, the court heard.
The 94-year-old was responding to the staff despite periods of confusion and was often visited by her daughter, Rose added.
"Everyone will appreciate it was a very difficult situation and staff were dealing with a lady with a tragic medical condition. But, on the face of it, she was cared for, loved and visited by a close member of family," he said.
On the other hand, Jennings's was "deeply disturbed" and had been unwell for months before the killing, Defense Dorian Lovell-Pank said while addressing a jury of seven men and five women.
That said, the nursing home, which sits at the top of a hill on the outskirts of London, branded the killing a "tragedy" and provided counseling for its staff. The house takes care of patients suffering from dementia, physical disabilities and also offers palliative care.
A spokesman for the facility said, "This has been a traumatic experience for all of us at Forest Place, and we would like to thank Essex County Council for their support and offer of counseling which has been made available to all residents, relatives, and staff of the nursing home."