Hanwell man sentenced for manslaughter of his father and assaulting members of the public

  Posted: 20.07.21 at 11:11 by Dimitris Kouimtsidis

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A HANWELL man has been sentenced after being found guilty of the manslaughter of his father and for assaulting random members of the public.

Leon Joseph, 37, of Elfwine Road, was found guilty of the manslaughter of his father, Glenroy Joseph, 60, by reason of diminished responsibility.

He was also found guilty of two counts of assault by beating and one count of actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced on Friday, July 16, to a hospital order under section 37 and restriction order under section 41 of the Mental Health Act, both without limitation.

Police were called to Leon’s flat on Elfwine Road just before 6pm on July 20 2020, after neighbours heard shouting.

Officers forced their way into the flat and found Glenroy deceased.

They recovered various items that would later test positive for the victim’s DNA and a murder investigation was launched.

A post-mortem examination recorded multiple wounds, including stab injuries, bone fractures and traumatic head and brain injuries.

Leon had left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival and had discarded the clothes he was wearing in a neighbour’s bin.

A woman called 999 after finding him lying on the ground on Glade Lane and paramedics arrived on the scene just before 7:30pm.

He provided false details by giving an alternative address and refused to answer questions about the dried blood near his eye.

Leon was taken to hospital but left A&E at around 9:15pm and proceeded to carry out several attacks on random members of the public.

One was a bus driver who was just about to begin his shift and was talking on the phone, when Leon struck him on the head, causing him to fall down.

A second man who was exercising at the time witnessed Leon shouting at an unidentified woman and when he attempted to intervene, Leon struck him on the back of the head, knocking him to the ground.

A third victim was an elderly man who had just finished praying at his mosque when Leon approached him and knocked him to the ground.

The man was taken to hospital to get treatment for a deep cut and bruising by his right eye.

An officer was flagged down by members of the public and started chasing Leon who upon seeing the officer, ran off.

Leon ran to Southall Fire Station, where he made his way onto the roof of the building and stayed there until the next morning.

He was arrested at around 7am and continued to act aggressively and made offensive comments to officers.

A mental health assessment was carried out and he was declared fit to be questioned.

Detective Chief Inspector Dan O’Sullivan said: “I can’t begin to imagine the emotions that Glenroy’s family and friends are going through as they come to terms with this traumatic loss.

“My thoughts, and those of my team, are with them at this difficult time.

“I would also like to thank the three members of the public who were assaulted, for their support of this investigation.

“This must have been a terrifying ordeal and I hope that they can being to put this period of their lives behind them."

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