Mentally ill man detained indefinitely over 'brutal' stabbingBy Linda Fort
January 25, 2013
A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed a Spencers Wood man with a bread knife was sentenced to be detained in Broadmoor Hospital at Reading Crown Court yesterday.
Judge John Reddihough passed the sentence on Benjamin Frankum, 30, adding a restriction order under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act which means he cannot be moved or released from the secure psychiatric hospital without the permission of the Secretary of State.
He said Frankum was responsible for the “most terrible and brutal killing of Daniel Quelch” in August 2007 and he should be prepared to be detained for “a very long time, potentially for the rest of his life”.
Frankum was convicted of the manslaughter of Mr Quelch on the grounds of diminished responsibility, an alternative count to murder.
Mr Quelch was staying at his mother’s home in Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead, with his three children at the time of the attack.
Frankum, then 25 and of Littlehampton, West Sussex, stabbed Mr Quelch more than 80 times.
He told police he had known Mr Quelch for six years and had been told by M15 he must kill him.
Last week the jury watched a recorded interview where Frankum told police he stabbed his victim several times in the neck before using a bread knife to “finish him off” because he would not die.
Frankum said he entered the property through the unlocked patio doors and had taken a knife from the kitchen before finding Mr Quelch asleep in bed with his young son.
He said: “I stabbed him when he was in bed and then he woke up and attacked me. I stabbed him again. I was stabbing, stabbing, stabbing.
“He wouldn’t die. I stabbed him literally 10 times in the neck and he was still coming at me.”
Frankum told police the pair ended up in the kitchen and he finally used a serrated knife to “finish him off”.
Asked what he did, Frankum responded: “I sawed through his neck. I felt I had to, to kill him.”
He told police he then talked to his victim’s children and got them yoghurts and drinks from the fridge.
He was found in the front garden stripped to his boxer shorts because his clothes were covered in blood.
Lesley Bates, defending, confirmed her client had no previous convictions and despite Frankum saying otherwise, there was no evidence to show any link between him and Mr Quelch.
Ms Bates also read from two reports written by psychiatrists who had interviewed Frankum in the months after the killing.
Dr Edward Petch, a consultant at Broadmoor in Crowthorne, said it was clear Frankum’s mind was highly disturbed during the period of Mr Quelch’s killing and he suffered very severe paranoid schizophrenia.
In 2008 a jury found Frankum culpable of Mr Quelch’s murder as it was deemed he was unfit to stand trial at the time and he was sectioned indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital under the Mental Health Act.
He faced trial this year because it was found he was now fit to plead.
Mr Quelch’s family said in a statement: “We have lost a fantastic son, brother, father and friend. Daniel’s children have lost the guidance and love of their father.”
Baljit Ubhey OBE, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said: “We praise the strength and courage of Daniel’s family who sat through the trial and listened to the horrific details of how he died in terrible circumstances.
“We hope the conviction and sentence will in some way help them come to terms with this tragic event and move forward with their lives.
“We acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends.”