Man pleads guilty to manslaughter after four members of same family killed in house
A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after four members of the same family were stabbed to death in their own home.
Joshua Jacques pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 64-year-old NHS worker Dolet Hill and her partner Denton Burke, 58, as well as their daughter Tanysha Ofori-Akuffo, 45, and granddaughter Samantha Drummonds, 27.
Jacques, 28, attacked the three generations at Ms Hill’s terraced home in Bermondsey, south London, on Monday, April 25.
Police were called to a disturbance at the home in the early hours of the morning and forced entry.
Jacques was discovered hiding naked in the upstairs bathroom after officers found Mr Burke’s body at the foot of the stairs and those of the three women in the kitchen.
They had all suffered numerous stab wounds with one or more knives and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Jacques was Tasered during his arrest and taken into custody at Brixton police station.
He was subsequently charged with four counts of murder.
On Friday, Jacques appeared for a plea hearing at the Old Bailey before Judge Richard Marks KC where he denied four charges of murder, but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
The prosecution indicated that the pleas to the lesser offence would not be accepted by the Crown and the case would go to trial.
Following the tragedy a Gofundme page, set up to help pay for funeral costs, said the family had been left “truly heartbroken”.
It has so far raised more than £22,000.
The victims’ family wrote on the page: “We are sad to see three generations of one family taken away from us and Dolet’s loving husband, Denton Burke.
“The family of four was truly a remarkable group of people that, due to unforeseen circumstances, were taken away from us in such a horrific manner.
“The remaining family would greatly appreciate assistance regarding funeral arrangements.
“The memories of Dolet, Denton, Tanysha and Samantha will be forever in our hearts. We ask for your help, however big or small, to support the families to lay them to rest and give them a ceremony they deserve.”
Ms Hill had been married to council worker Mr Burke for 15 years and had worked in the NHS for more than 20 years.
Ms Ofori-Akuffo was a nurse, supported her mother in charity ventures and was described as “a doting wife, caring mother and a great friend”.
Her daughter Samantha was “an upbeat, fun-loving, bubbly young lady who adored her grandmother Dolet”, the family said.