Schizophrenic Benjamin Frankum sentenced over Daniel Quelch manslaughter

Schizophrenic Benjamin Frankum sentenced over Daniel Quelch manslaughter

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Nicola Hine

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Schizophrenic Benjamin Frankum sentenced over Daniel Quelch manslaughter
Benjamin Frankum, pictured, has been convicted over the killing of Daniel Quelch in Maidenhead in 2007

A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed a father-of-three to death in Maidenhead has been sentenced today after being convicted for a second time over the killing.

A jury at Reading Crown Court found Benjamin Frankum guilty of manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, over the death of Daniel Quelch on August 23, 2007.

Frankum, 30, was originally tried in 2008 and found guilty over the attack, but was declared unfit to plead.

Today he was handed a section 37 Mental Health Act Hospital Order and a Section 41 Mental Health Act Restriction Order, without a time limit, which will be served at Broadmoor Hospital.

The jury found him not guilty of murder.

The attack took place in a house in Cherry Garden Lane, Littlewick Green, and began while Mr Quelch was sleeping. The 34-year-old received more than 80 stab wounds and his body was found in the kitchen.

When police arrived Frankum told them he had been sent by M15 to carry out the killing.

He has been held at Broadmoor since the original trial.

In a statement Mr Quelch's family said: "A guilty verdict has been reached today of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but it doesn't change the fact that Daniel Quelch was an innocent young man brutally murdered by Benjamin Frankum as he lay sleeping in his bed with his young child by his side.

"We have lost a fantastic son, brother, father and friend. Daniel's children have lost the guidance and love of their father."

Police welcomed the verdict and praised the family for their courage.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The jury at Reading Crown Court found Benjamin Frankum guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. They decided that he was responsible for Daniel's death, despite his denials.

"Manslaughter by diminished responsibility is an alternative verdict to murder, which is only established if it is more likely than not that a defendant suffered from an abnormality of mind that substantially impaired their responsibility for their actions.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for Daniel's family and friends."

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