Case: West Kensington stabbing: Julian Aubrey
Julian Aubrey
Enrique Facelli
Status: Solved
Categories: Mental Illness
Case synopsis:

Julian Aubrey, 55, was stabbed to death by his mentally ill neighbour on 30 October 2017.

Police were called to his flat in Shaftesbury Place on Warwick Road, West Kensington, at around 1.45pm.

Mr Aubrey was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been stabbed 22 times and a post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

On 28 February 2018 Enrique Facelli, 48 (11.05.69), a Uruguayan national of Shaftesbury Place, Warwick Road, was charged with murder.

Facelli pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey on 7 August 2018. He was detained indefinitely under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act.

Killer Enrique Facelli (left) and victim Julian Aubrey

The court heard Facelli was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing. The two men had been neighbours since 1999 and had a friendly relationship until around 2015 when Facelli made a series of phone calls to police and the housing association about Mr Aubrey.

As well as complaining about noise and rubbish left in communal areas, Facelli claimed that his neighbour had practised black magic against him and entered his flat to try and poison him.

Prosecutor Tom Little said: ‘This case involves a long standing neighbour dispute between the defendant and Julian Aubrey, the deceased.

‘It follows years of allegations and counter allegations, and a forced entry to Aubrey’s property by the defendant in July 2016, ending with the brutal killing of the deceased in his own home.'

Facelli was admitted to a psychiatric ward at St Charles Hospital under the Mental Health Act for 28 days in July 2017 before returning to his flat on 8 August.

Two weeks later on 21 August Mr Aubrey told police that Facelli had been saying "evil, evil" towards him.

After the attack on 30 October, Facelli approached two workmen repairing the heating system in the building and said: "Please come and check on my neighbour, his door is open and I can see his feet lying on the ground, I think he is dead.”

Mr Aubrey was lying on the floor of his flat with caustic soda crystals over his legs, face and side.

Facelli was linked the attack by the victim's blood on his watch strap. He had also bought the caustic soda crystals at Tesco three days earlier.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC told Facelli: ‘I accept your fears about what your neighbour was doing was very real to you and ordinarily you are not a violent man.

‘The death was very substantially contributed to the mental conditions that he was suffering from at the time.’

Detective Inspector Jon Meager of the Homicide and Major Crime Command who led the investigation said:

"It is clear from our investigations that a number of factors contributed to the deterioration of the relationship between Facelli and Mr Aubrey, which unfortunately resulted in the latter losing his life.

"Despite Facelli originally claiming to have had no involvement in the death, forensic examinations helped us to prove that he had been lying about this and made it obvious how he had attempted to cover his tracks.

"I hope that the sentencing today brings some comfort to Mr Aubrey's family and friends, in the knowledge that Facelli will not be able to inflict such pain on anyone else."

Julian's sister Louise Turner said: "Julian's death has turned my life upside down and has affected me in a way that I could never have imagined.

"The sadness that I feel is immeasurable and unprecedented. I will be eternally sad and I cry inside and out for him. My poor, unfortunate but totally brilliant brother. I feel depressed all of the time." 

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