Care worker ‘battered to death’ after asking man to turn down TV


A man with anger issues battered a care worker to death after she asked him to turn down his television at the hostel where she worked, a court heard.

Michael Meanza, 47, had been living in the mental health accommodation in Acton for three months before he bludgeoned Jenny Foote, 38, over the head and face with a heavy fire extinguisher.

The trial at the Old Bailey heard how in the early hours of July 7 last year, Ms Foote, of Harlesden, had gone to the defendant’s room to speak to him after receiving a complaint from a neighbour about the noise from his TV.

They were said to have chatted in the doorway of his room for about five minutes before she returned to her office.

Three hours later Meanza is said to have left his room, made his way downstairs and killed her.

Meanza, who was the subject of a hospital order since the 1990s, has admitted manslaughter, but denies murder, citing a ‘severe anger pathology’.

Prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC told the court that no defendant should be able to escape ‘full responsibility for an unlawful killing’ because they are ‘too angry‚Ķto be guilty of murder’.

Collette House in Perryn Road, Acton, provides accommodation for a number of residents with varying mental health issues.

The case continues.

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