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Man admits to ‘stabbing victim 30 times’ at a Brent cemetery

A man has admitted to killing a man who was stabbed thirty times in a Brent cemetery.

Cornelius Tully, 50, of High Street, Brent, was part of a police investigation after a stabbing in a Kensal Green cemetery of Harrow Road on November 22 last year at 2pm.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found a man suffering from stab injuries. Despite the efforts of emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified as Michael Morris-Owens, who was aged 50.

CCTV footage later showed Mr Morris-Owens sitting on a bench when he was approached by Tully who was seen to be carrying a large knife. Without warning he stabbed the victim several times.

Mr Morris-Owens was then seen trying to get away from Tully and attempting to get into a nearby car – but Tully reached him before he could get inside.

It was then that the victim was stabbed more than 30 times.

Armed firearms officers quickly arrived on the scene and found Tully with blood on his hands.

Tully pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on today (September 14), to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He will be sentenced at the same court on October 29.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: “This was a shocking and unprovoked attack on a man who had little chance of defending himself.

“Tully stabbed the victim more than 30 times in front of a number of members of the public who attempted to stop the attack. I would like to praise them for their bravery.

“While today’s conviction does not bring Michael back, I hope it does give his friends and family some closure as they continue to come to terms with his tragic death.”



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