The horrified daughter woke up to find her father being beaten to death

Sable Thomas, 43, has been sentenced to life in prison after he killed his friend Anthony Rooks, 80, outside his home in a brutal attack three days before his wife’s funeral

Anthony Rooks, 80, was killed by his neighbor Sable Thomas
Anthony Rooks, 80, was killed by his neighbor Sable Thomas

A daughter staying at her father’s home was woken up by the sound of him being beaten to death by his neighbor, a court has heard.

Sable Thomas, 43, attacked his friend Anthony Rooks outside his home three days before the 2020 funeral of the victim’s wife

His daughter was asleep in the Rooks living room at the time and was woken up by loud voices and banging, so she set off to investigate.

She found her father badly injured on the doorstep, reports My London.

Investigators went to see Thomas, who was “laughing maniacally” and found bloodstains on the walls and bed and a bloody mop bucket and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He pled guilty to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility on November 26, 2021 in the same court, Wood Green Crown Court.

Today he was imprisoned for life.

The court was told the beatings were so brutal that part of the grandfather’s ear was severed.

Sable Thomas was imprisoned for life at Wood Green Crown Court when he was at least eight years old



In a statement on the impact of the victim, Anthony’s granddaughter said: “Little did we know that this terrible tragedy three days before our grandma’s funeral would rock our world and change our lives forever.

“Our biggest question is why would anyone want to hurt such a loving, funny, giving and caring old man, especially to this extent?

“As a result of Grandpa’s passing, we live in a constant nightmare thinking about the house where we shared so many happy memories.

“Grandfather’s home was our safe place. There is a feeling that our entire childhood memories and life have been ruined. We see things like that in movies and never thought it could happen to us. We have experienced the harsh reality of evil that exists and that anyone, even a friend, is capable of absolutely anything.

“We couldn’t say goodbye, it feels like we’re already serving a life sentence as there’s nothing that can bring him back or ease the pain of his loss. To say our hearts were broken would be an understatement.”

Detective Sergeant Brian Jones of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “This is an absolutely heartbreaking case in which a beloved grandpa was killed in the most brutal manner by his friend and neighbor who was suffering from a mental health issue.

“For Anthony to be killed in such a traumatic manner was absolutely devastating to his family who were already grieving for Anthony’s wife – their mother and grandmother. Suddenly, in the middle of a pandemic, they had to plan not one but two funerals.

“I would like to commend Anthony’s family for the courage and dignity they have shown throughout the investigation and trial. I hope Thomas’ sentencing gives them the closure they want and deserve.”

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