Pensioner tried to kill man using meat cleaver and knife before telling witnesses 'I'm not finished'

Police officers at the scene of a serious assault. File image
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A pensioner who tried to kill a man with a meat cleaver in Chelmsford has been convicted of attempted murder. Chacko Abraham Thenakarayil, 71, of Hornbeam Gardens, was found guilty after a two-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Neighbours had to bravely interevene and remove a knife from Thenakarayil after the victim ran away to desperately call for help. Before being arrested, the elderly thug implied he intended to kill the victim as he told witnesses "I'm not finished".

Thenakarayil was arrested on May 6 last year after officers were called to Hornbeam Gardens at around 9pm following reports of a man being seriously assaulted. Enquiries revealed that Thenakarayil had assaulted the victim inside an address by hitting him with a meat cleaver in the back of the head.

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The cruel pensioner also attempted to stab the victim with a knife. The victim managed to remove the weapons from Thenakarayil and run away to neighbours to call for help. Neighbours removed a third knife from the criminal.

The victim was taken to hospital after losing around 500ml of blood and sustaining a fracture to his skull. Thenakarayil was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and charged the following day and remanded into custody.

Following a trial which started at Chelmsford Crown Court on 10 June, he was found guilty of attempted murder on June 26. He will appear at the same court on July 16 for sentencing.

Detective Sergeant Louis Moore said “I want to commend the bravely of those affected by the actions of Chacko Abraham Thenakarayil in May last year. This has been a complex and emotional investigation and Thenakarayil’s actions have had a devastating impact on the victim and his family.

“I also have to commend the bravery of the neighbours who managed to remove the weapon from Thenakarayil before he could harm anyone else. Thenakarayil had no reason to assault this man and put his life in danger and the jury, consisting of twelve citizens who heard evidence agreed this. hope that this verdict means the victim can start to move forward.”