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Student Beheaded In Flatmate's Frenzied Attack
A man who suffered years of mental illness killed his flatmate and beheaded him after suffering paranoid delusions, a court in Bournemouth has heard.
Karl Addo, 30, stabbed Spanish student Sergio Marquez with a cleaver in what was described as a "prolonged, horrific and very violent attack" which left Marquez "terribly mutilated".
Prosecuting QC Nigel Pascoe told the court that Addo had absconded from a London Health Centre where he was a voluntary patient the day before a mental health tribunal decided he should be sectioned.
The court heard Addo had been suffering paranoid delusions he was being persecuted by gangs and injected with drugs.
He then "disappeared" from mental health services before he moved to Bournemouth in May 2012. The court heard he killed Mr Marquez, a 23-year-old hotel waiter, nine months later on July 17.
The headless body of Mr Marquez, which had also been disembowelled, was found by other flatmates who had run screaming from the flat, Mr Pascoe explained.
Police officers arrested a blood-covered Addo nearby, the court was told, after he fled the flat when the others returned.
Addo's flatmates told police he had been acting strangely, that he used to steal food from them and had used book pages as toilet paper.
It was claimed Mr Marquez had tried to defend himself from the attack during which a neighbour claimed she heard furniture being dragged around and him saying "please Karl, please Karl".
Addo, of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility.
The prosecution said the plea was acceptable because Addo had been severely mentally ill when he killed Mr Marquez, who came to Britain from Spain to look for work.
The family of Mr Marquez wept in court as they heard the details of his death.
In statement after the hearing, his mother Maria Carmen Marquez Torres, said: "Sergio's life was cut short, a boy that only wanted to work, learn, help others, enjoy the life that God gave him and make everybody that knew him happy.
"He had such a beautiful life. He wanted to be a father and have three children, and the thought of this filled him with excitement.
"Sergio had everything, he was handsome, happy, kind, healthy, responsible, fun, and polite. He is a person that is impossible to replace."
Addo will be sentenced on Wednesday.