Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Student Who Killed His Parents

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Student Who Killed His Parents

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

A STUDENT today admitted killing his parents in a frenzied attack before going on a spending spree with their credit cards.

Brian Blackwell, 19, battered his mother and father to death with a claw hammer and then stabbed their bodies a total of 50 times.

He had a shower and spent the night with his girlfriend before taking her on a six-week tour of the US and Caribbean.

Blackwell gained four As at A-level at a [pounds sterling]2,300a-term college and was set to study medicine at university. But a psychiatric disorder left him with uncontrollable rages.

Detectives have been unable to discover what triggered the attack on his father Sidney, 72, a company director, and 61-year-old mother Jackie.

It is thought Mr Blackwell was sitting down when he was first struck and tried to reach a window before being felled with repeated blows.

Blackwell later flew first class to the United States with his girlfriend Amal Saba. They stayed in the presidential suite of the New York Plaza hotel, where Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were married, and spent [pounds sterling]2,200 on lobster and champagne alone.

Blackwell posed as a tennis star as the couple toured the Caribbean, Florida and San Francisco before returning to Britain where he was arrested.

Today at Liverpool Crown Court he admitted two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He is expected to be detained indefinitely in a mental hospital.

The court was told he suffered from narcissistic personality disorder, the same condition as Moors Murderer Ian Brady.

He launched his attack after a blazing row at the [pounds sterling]375,000 family home in Melling, Merseyside, in July last year.

The compulsive liar had told his girlfriend he was Britain's number one ranked junior tennis player, received [pounds sterling]70,000 sponsorship from Nike and was off to play a tournament in the US. …

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