Father’s body parts ‘used for TV stand’

William Spiller

A man killed his 25-stone father and then "carefully" dismembered his body and "neatly packaged" the body parts in plastic storage boxes which he used as a television stand, a court has heard.

Nathan Robinson used a Stanley knife, hacksaw and saw to cut up the body of William Spiller at the flat they shared in Lacey Court, Stedman Road, Bournemouth, Dorset.

The 28-year-old is on trial at Winchester Crown Court, accused of the murder of the 48-year-old taxi driver, which he denies. He admits manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.

Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Robinson killed his father on May 16, 2013, following an argument over money.

He said a neighbour who lived below the pair noticed in the afternoon of that day that a “pink liquid” was dripping through the ceiling of his bathroom.

The prosecutor said this was diluted blood as Robinson cleaned up the crime scene with a steam cleaner which he went out to buy after killing his father.

Mr Lickley said: “Mr Spiller was a large man — 6ft 5in, he weighed in excess of 25 stone — hence I say when his body was cut up and dismembered, it would have taken time and effort. Armed with a Stanley knife, small hacksaw and a saw, it would have been a messy business.”

He added that the body parts had been “packaged neatly” in the boxes.

The prosecutor said Robinson attempted to cover up the killing and created a “things to do” list including paying the rent on the property, which was his first action after the incident.

He also used his father’s mobile phone in the following weeks in a bid to pretend that he was still alive.

After paying the rental company, he then went to a store and purchased the cleaning equipment.

The neighbour who spotted the dripping blood had previously heard an argument coming from their flat in which Mr Spiller said: “Do you expect me to keep subsidising you for the rest of my life?”

When he went to investigate the liquid, Robinson answered the door and was described as “very calm, very collected, there was nothing to say he had just had a fight with his dad”.

Lickley QC, said a note was found in the flat which showed that Robinson had borrowed £36,000 from him two years previously and after the killing, he had taken £7,500 in cash.

He said: “We suggest a dispute about money might be the cause, a trip to Scotland and money needed and a father who said no because that’s what the defendant did do, go to Scotland with money from his father.”


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