Son found guilty of murdering his father

27/11/2014

Nathan Robinson was found guilty today at Winchester Crown Court of the murder of his father William Spiller. He killed Mr Spiller and dismembered his body on 16 May 2013 at his father's flat in Bournemouth.

Following the verdict, Desmond Duffy, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Nathan Robinson savagely killed his father, William Spiller and then went to great lengths to hide his crime.

"It was the prosecution case that money may have been a motive for the crime. The 28-year-old, who lived with his father, accepted that his financial position was dire at the start of 2013. An I.O.U. recovered from the flat which was dated June 2011 said: 'I, Nathan Robinson, totally accept that I am indebted to my father to the sum of £36,000 (...) I intend as of June 2011 to pay my father a fixed repayment of £200 per calendar month until this debt is paid in full. (...)This will enable me to put right a discrepancy that was on an unimaginable scale. My word is given to you, my father, by me.'

"The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard how the 28-year-old and his father had a history of disputes. On 16 May 2013, they had an argument; the argument was so loud that it was heard by their downstairs neighbour, who heard the sounds of a struggle and then Mr Spiller asking his son to get him an ambulance.

"Robinson did not call an ambulance. He admitted stabbing his father to death and cutting his body into pieces and storing the body parts in plastic boxes. He also admitted taking his father's money before leaving the flat.

"It was the prosecution's case that the defendant at the time of the killing did not suffer from any abnormality of mental functioning that would have diminished his responsibility for his actions.

"The jury heard that the way Mr Robinson acted after the killing could only show clarity of mind. Not only did he dismember his father's body, he paid the month's rent on the flat, purchased two Vax cleaners to remove blood stains from the floor and pretended his father was still alive by sending texts to one of his father's best friends and to his father's partner, Glenys Molyneaux, who became very worried and alerted the police. Robinson carried on his life as normal, supported by his father's money, by going to Scotland, meeting friends and organising a weekend in Bristol. When the police arrested him he asked them if it was a joke.

"After hearing the prosecution and the defences case, the jury at Winchester Crown Court was satisfied that at the time he killed his father, Nathan Robinson did not suffer of any abnormality of mental functioning and was therefore guilty of his murder.

"Our thoughts go out to Ms Molyneaux and the rest of Mr Spiller's family and friends."