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Grandmother admits stabbing five-year-old grandson to death in Coventry

NewsGrandmother admits stabbing five-year-old grandson to death in Coventry

The grandmother of a five-year-old boy stabbed to death in Coventry has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Romanian national Elena Anghel killed David-Mario Lazar at his home in Poplar Road, Earlsdon, on January 25 last year as a result of delusions triggered by mental illness, Warwick Crown Court was told.

The prosecution accepted the 51-year-old’s not guilty plea to a charge of murder, and she is expected to be sentenced by Mrs Justice Cockerill later on Tuesday.

The judge was told Anghel, accompanied in the dock by four health workers and an interpreter, has an extensive history of treatment in Romania for psychotic and depressive disorder.

However, David-Mario’s parents were not aware of any continuing mental health issues.

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