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Man faces jail for stabbing to death a plumber over three-hour lunch break

Gary Amer (pictured), 63, was reportedly found dead with knife wounds in the chest next to a boiler and his tool kit

A man is facing years behind bars for stabbing a plumber 30 times after claiming he took a three hour lunch break when he should have been working on his boiler.

William Treadwell, 68, launched a frenzied attack on Gary Amer, 63, at his home in Walworth, southeast London, in August 2018 then dialled 999 to confess from his local pub.

Timothy Cray, prosecuting on Monday said Treadwell beat Mr Amer over the head from behind with a pan before stabbing him repeatedly as he lay defenceless on the ground.

The attack consisted of ‘something like 30 stab wounds, including seven into the heart, and two kitchen knives being left in the body.'

Mr Cray continued: ‘All of that came somewhat out of the blue because the defendant is a man of good character, who virtually immediately thereafter went to his daughter and handed over a substantial amount of cash, money that had been withdrawn from the bank in savings.'

‘He then went to the local pub where he phoned 999 and makes, on the face of it, a full confession,’ Mr Cray added.

Mr Amer was found dead in Madron Street, Walworth (pictured) in south-east London 

Neighbour Janet Jarrett, 73, claimed at the scene that the men had been arguing in Treadwell's flat after Amer took a long lunch break.

‘He came to fix the hot water on Thursday but he apparently went off for a three-hour lunch break then said he was coming back on Friday. Apparently he needed to pick up extra parts,' Ms Jarrett said.

Ms Jarrett, apparently added that Treadwell had been without hot water for days while his sister Pat, 76, with whom he lives, was away.

Mr Amer was pronounced dead later that day at 2.14 p.m. and Treadwell was charged with murder.

Dressed in a grey suit Treadwell, of Madron Street, Southwark, admitted manslaughter and the prosecution accepted his guilty plea as members of the victim’s family looked on.

Judge Deborah Taylor remanded Treadwell in custody until 30 September while pre-sentence and psychiatric reports are prepared.

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