‘I had a knife in my hand and tried to cut his throat’ Anthony Winter trial hears he wanted to know if grandfather had abused a relative

‘I had a knife in my hand and tried to cut his throat’

‘I had a knife in my hand and tried to cut his throat’

First published in News

A MAN accused of murdering his grandad at a sheltered housing block told a court he had no intention of killing him.

Anthony Winter, 34, of Westborough Road, Westcliff, told a jury he wanted to know if his grandfather had abused a young relative.

He had been invited round to lunch by his grandparents Jack and Pamela Anker. His mood changed when talk turned to sex offender Jimmy Savile.

Winter told Chelmsford Crown Court: “I was sick. I could not stop what I was doing. We were struggling, I had a knife in my hand and I tried to cut his throat.”

A jury has heard how Winter called 999 after the alleged murder and told the operator: “Hiya, I’ve just killed my grandparents.”

When police arrived at the flat at Stephen McAdden House, Southend, on November 14 last year, they found Mr Anker, 84, on the floor with a steak knife in his heart. He died at the scene.

Peter Gair, prosecuting, said Winter believed his grandfather had abused a relative. Winter denies murdering Mr Anker on the basis of a “loss of control”. He has admitted the attempted murder of Mrs Anker.

The trial continues.

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