Man who killed his 84-year-old neighbour sentenced

Brian Robson was found with serious injuries at a house in Brooklands Road, Cosby

A man who killed his 84-year-old neighbour has been given an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act.

Peter Bunyan, 53, from Cosby, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday 20 September).

The incident happened on the morning of Thursday 23 February. Police responded to a call from a concerned neighbour who saw Bunyan kick down the front door of Brian Robson’s house.


When officers arrived at the scene, they found the 84-year-old pensioner seriously injured in the hallway. Attempts were made to revive him but he died at the scene.

Bunyan was arrested at his home address, next door to the victims house, where he returned following the incident.

A post mortem examination carried out on the deceased confirmed Brian had died from head injuries.

Mr Robson’s children paid tribute to their father. Kevin Robson and Pauline Robson said: “Our father was a wonderful, popular, kind and generous man.”

“Last year he suffered poor health and had a long stay in hospital but with great strength and determination he pulled through and returned home.”

“Losing him has left us devastated and feeling a deep sense of loss and grief. We will miss him forever.”

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