Robert Heath and John Heath jailed for killing their father in London, England

Brothers jailed in connection with murder of father

An east London man who killed his father was jailed today at the Old Bailey.

[A] John Heath, aged 34, of Oban Street, Poplar pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on 1 December to the murder of his father, 65-year-old Charles (Charlie) Heath.

He also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

He was jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 12 years.

His brother, [B] Robert Heath, aged 28, of Oban Street, Poplar pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on 1 December to perverting the course of justice.

He was jailed for 30 months.

Police were called to Oban Street, E14 at about 21:20hrs on Sunday 15 November 2009, following neighbours’ concerns for the welfare of Charlie Heath.

On arrival police discovered the body of Charlie Heath. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination was unable to establish a formal cause of death due to decomposition.

However the victim had sustained head injuries, which John Heath admitted he had caused by hitting him with a hammer. He also admitted smothering his father with a pillow.

It is believed the fatal injuries were inflicted during an argument in October.

John Heath and his brother Robert Heath were arrested at the Oban Street address on Sunday, 15 November. Both were charged with his murder.

John Heath was subsequently convicted of the murder. No evidence was offered in respect of the murder charge against Robert Heath, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

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