Benjamin Frankum is found guilty of killing Daniel Quelch

01/09/2008

26 year-old Benjamin Frankum, formerly of Arundel Road, Littlehampton, was today ordered to be detained indefinitely after a jury found him responsible for killing 33-year-old Daniel Quelch on 23 August, 2007, at Daniel's parents' house in Littlewick Gree

26 year-old Benjamin Frankum, formerly of Arundel Road, Littlehampton, was today ordered to be detained indefinitely after a jury found him responsible for killing 33 year-old Daniel Quelch on 23 August, 2007, at Daniels parents house in Littlewick Green, Maidenhead. Daniel, from Spencers Wood, Reading, died of multiple stab wounds.

CPS Complex Casework Unit lawyer, Denis Burke, said: Our thoughts and sympathies go to the family of Daniel Quelch for their very sad loss and I would like to commend them for the bravery and tenacity they have shown throughout these court proceedings.

'Prosecutions rarely arise that are as sensitive as this one. The facts of this case can be summarised by using the words of leading counsel, Nigel Daly, and I quote: This was everybodys worse nightmare. There was no motive whatsoever and the circumstances of the killing of Mr Quelch arose entirely as a result of Benjamin Frankums severe mental illness, Paranoid Schizophrenia, which meant that his actions were entirely random.

Finally, we sincerely hope that with the end of the proceedings, the Quelch family will now be able to find some peace and rebuild their lives

For further information, contact Jacqui Broadbridge, Group Communications Manager, CPS Thames Valley, on 0118 951 3640.

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