Teen jailed for life after murdering dad

A TEENAGER has been jailed for life after bludgeoning his father to death with a crowbar and hammer before trying to kill his mother with a pair of scissors.

A TEENAGER has been jailed for life after bludgeoning his father to death with a crowbar and hammer before trying to kill his mother with a pair of scissors.

Edward Belben, who was suffering from depression, plunged a knife into dad Gary's head after raining down at least 30 blows with the weapons.

He had lured his 59-year-old father into his bedroom in the family's Colchester home by asking for his help in fixing a speaker cable.

After slaying his dad, Belben - who was just 15 at the time of attacks in December 2007 - tried to kill mother Tanya with the crowbar and a pair of scissors.


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But she fought him off and the teenage killer fled, covered in his parents' blood.

Belben, now 17, denied the offences and claimed his personality was changed after taking the anti-depressant drug Prozac.

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Jurors rejected his defence of diminished responsibility and he was convicted after a trial last month.

And today at Chelmsford Crown Court Mr Justice Tugendhat jailed Belben for a minimum of 18 years, saying he had wreaked “enormous damage”.

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