A man who stabbed his neighbour to death in an horrific case of mistaken identity has been detained indefinitely in hospital.
Richard Matthews killed Paul Wells after wrongly believing he was a sex offender who raped him as a child, Bristol Crown Court heard today.
The court was told how Matthews was convinced he was the victim of a child abuse ring aged 10 and accused Wells of historical abuse when he moved in next door to him in Highbridge, Somerset.
Today, the defendant, 45, was sentenced after admitting one count of manslaughter by diminished responsibility following the attack on June 25 last year.
The family of Mr Wells, 39, described him as an ‘amazing’ man who is sorely missed in a statement read out in court.