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Man convicted of manslaughter of mother following retrial

Mitchell Denahy (Met Police )
Mitchell Denahy (Met Police )

A man has been convicted of manslaughter in connection with the death of his mother a retrial has concluded.

Mitchell Denahy, 27, of Waltham Forest, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Beverley Denahy, 61, at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

It came despite a jury failing to reach a verdict in a previous trial that concluded last July.

Denahy has been remanded in custody to appear at the same court for sentencing on April 28.

Police attended a property at a residential address in Waverley Avenue, Chingford, following reports of a disturbance.

Ms Denahy was found dead at the scene, her head and body had been concealed by clothing and household items, and there were blood spatters on the walls. She had suffered serious head and facial injuries.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

Trainers, jogging bottoms and a shirt belonging to Denahy were collected and following close examination were found to be stained with Beverley’s blood.

Also found at the scene was a metal stopcock key just under a metre in length; these are used to turn off and on the supply of water to houses. It was also found to be heavily blood-stained.

Denahy was arrested at the location on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.

During the police interview he answered no comment to nearly all questions.

He was charged on January 24 with murder, remanded in custody and subsequently found guilty of manslaughter.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith said: "Our thoughts are with Beverley’s family, who have had to face losing her in such a tragic and distressing way."