‘I have got to kill someone’: Loving son kills his father after hearing voices …

A loving son killed his own father after hearing voices in his head telling him his parents were imposters.

Richard Trevelyan, 23, was suffering undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, Cardiff Crown Court heard today, as his heartbroken mother called for more support for those showing signs of a mental illness.

Paul Trevelyan, 50, was stabbed to the chest after his son told mother, Christine, on the landing of their family home in Porthcawl: “I have got to go down and get a knife – I have got to kill someone.”

She was on the phone to the emergency services when her husband fell dying at her feet, said crown prosecutor Michael Mather-Lees QC, who accepted Richard Trevelyan’s guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He had pleaded not guilty to murder and was confirmed by three psychiatrists as suffering an abnormality of mind at the time of the tragedy in October 2012.

The court heard what happened had left the family devastated.

Mrs Trevelyan and her daughter Esther were said to be too upset to be in the courtroom to hear the details but were “showing support” from an adjoining room.

They were represented in front of the judge Mr Justice Royce by the defendant’s elderly maternal grandparents.

Mr Mather-Lees said theirs had been a happy family, said with mother, father, sister and two sets of grandparents all close.

“There was nothing in his childhood or his teenage years to give any indication of what was to come”.

Richard Trevelyan gained 12 GCSEs at school, went on to college and spent two years with the Royal Engineers before being medically discharged through asthma.

At the time his father died he was working in a call centre and was living with his parents and sister at Nottage Meadows, Nottage.

In April 2011 his GP had referred him to the mental health services after he reported he was taking the illegal class B drug Meow Meow and was hallucinating.

But he failed to tell them he was also hearing voices and doctors believed he was suffering from a drug-induced psychosis, forensic psychiatrist Emma Clarke told the court.

She said although the majority of drug-takers are not affected, some do experience psychotic symptoms as a direct result of their”‘habit”.

“You need to be away from (illegal) drugs for six months to know if there is also an underlying illness, Dr Clarke explained.

Richard, now 24, was prescribed anti-psychotic medication but in September 2012 complained of feelings of drowsiness and was advised to reduce the dose and then stop taking it altogether.

Three weeks later on October 7 he was convinced both his parents, although they still looked the same, were actually imposters.

“It is rare but it is possible to believe people look the same but have actually been replaced,” Dr Clarke said.

“A year on, he still continues to hold false beliefs.”

The court was told that while being detained at the medium secure Caswell Clinic in Bridgend he has been treated with two types of drug, one described as being the “last resort” medication when others are unsuitable.

“It shows the seriousness of his illness,” Dr Clarke added.

Christine Trevelyan, a supportive mother, who had gone with her son on visits to doctors made a moving written statement which was read privately by the judge.

He told the court: “In it, she sets out a heartfelt plea for better mental health facilities for people such as her son, at an earlier stage, in the hope that other families do not have to endure what her family has had to endure.”

Making an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act, the judge told the defendant, who gave a small wave from the dock to his grandparents as he was being led away: “It is a terrible burden you will have to bear – knowing you have killed your own father. You are fortunate to have a caring and loving family.

“I am satisfied that at the time you were suffering from paranoid schizophrenia such as diminished your responsibility for what you did.

“This is an utterly tragic case which has had a devastating effect on everyone, including you.

“I express the hope that the treatment you receive will ultimately bring you back to proper mental health enabling you to be released back into the community”.

He ordered the destruction of three knives recovered by police at the scene.

The day when tragedy unfolded:

October 7 had been like any other day with Richard Trevelyan visiting a gym in the afternoon before returning to his “loving” family home where his sister was out with a boyfriend and his parents were watching TV.

Prosecutor Michael Mather-Lees said there was some disturbance from a party at a neighbouring house with an ambulance and police being called.

Richard was in his room when his mother and father went up to bed around 11.30pm and Mrs Trevelyan looked in on him.

“He made some comment about concerned about his sexuality then appeared on the landing as their attention was drawn to outside, saying he had to go down for a knife and had to kill someone.

“They tried to calm him down, saying they would take him to hospital as they had before when he was an in-patient for three weeks.

“He said he was hearing voices telling him what to do and his mother noticed a knife missing from the block in the kitchen and she took it from him, cutting her hand.

“Her husband was looking for his car keys when their son came downstairs, a sheet around him. He had another knife and was still talking about killing someone.”

A recorded 999 call made Christine Trevelyan was described as “harrowing” as she could be heard first trying to calm her son and then trying to attend to her husband.

He was said to have suddenly lunged at his father, pushing the blade deep into his chest, under his armpit.

Before police and paramedics arrived and pronounced Mr Trevelyan dead, his son locked the door and struggled with his mother, banging her against a radiator.

She had locked herself in the downstairs bathroom and armed officers had to force open the front door.

They found Richard Trevelyan had also stabbed himself five times to the abdomen and chest.

He said he had taken Meow Meow and more was found in his room.

Mr Mather-Lees said: “Because of the state he was in at that time last October he was not fit to be interviewed and was not able to be charged until this year.”

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