Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, a man has been convicted and sentenced for the manslaughter of his father in Wendover.
Courtnay Bamford, aged 37, of Griffin Lane, Aylesbury, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter by diminished responsibility at Reading Crown Court on 17 February.
Yesterday (13/9) he was sentenced to a Hospital Order under Section 37 & 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983 without limitation of time.
Courtnay Bamford killed his father, John Bamford, aged 77, on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 April 2021.
John Bamford sustained multiple blunt force injuries in a sustained attack. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem established the cause of death as multiple injuries.
Courtnay Bamford was arrested at the scene and charged with the offences on 9 April last year.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik said: “During the course of the investigation, it was established that Courtnay Bamford was suffering from undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the offence.
“This was a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of John Bamford, and his son being convicted of his manslaughter.
“This terrible event has had a profound effect on the family as well as friends and neighbours that saw the dreadful events unfold in Aylesbury Road in Wendover on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 April last year.
“I am satisfied that we have brought this case to court to establish the truth as to what happened and that Courtnay Bamford has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.
“The family have supported this difficult investigation throughout and I am very grateful for their bravery and support. The court heard from Giles, John Bamford’s son, about the impact these awful events have had on him and the rest of the family which was incredibly moving.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the John’s’ family and friends at this difficult time.”