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Man "battered care worker to death after complaint over loud TV"

Michael Meanza
Michael Meanza

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, west London, for three months before he bludgeoned Jenny Foote, 38, over the head and face with a heavy fire extinguisher.

In the early hours of July 7 last year, Ms Foote had gone to the defendant's room to speak to him after receiving a complaint from a neighbour about the noise from his TV, the court heard.

They chatted in the doorway of his room for about five minutes before she returned to her office, the court heard.

Prosecutor Brian O'Neill QC said: "There is nothing further of relevance for the next three hours until just before 6am when Meanza left his room, made his way downstairs and killed her."

He told jurors that the defendant had admitted manslaughter, but denied murder, citing a "severe anger pathology".

Meanza, who had been the subject of a hospital order since the 1990s, would argue that he was suffering from a personality disorder which affected his ability to exercise self-control.

But Mr O'Neill said: "In our submission it cannot be right either as a matter of law or on the grounds of public policy that Michael Meanza - or any defendant - should be able to escape full responsibility for an unlawful killing on the basis he is too angry an individual to be guilty of murder."

Collette House in Perryn Road, Acton, is owned by mental health charity Cyrenians London and provides accommodation for a number of residents with varying mental health issues.

The Old Bailey trial was adjourned until tomorrow when the prosecution will continue to outline the case.