A man has been convicted of killing a man in West Kensington in October 2017.
He was sentenced to a Hospital Order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and given a Restriction Order under section 41 of the MHA.
The victim, Julian Aubrey, was found suffering stab injuries at a residential address in West Cromwell Road, at approximately 13:45hrs on Monday, 30 October 2017.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service.
A post-mortem was held on Tuesday, 31 October at St George’s Hospital Mortuary and gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.
The court heard how Facelli and his victim lived in the same block of flats, where they had both been resident for around 19 years. The pair had originally been friends, but their relationship deteriorated over recent years.
On the day of the incident, Facelli claimed to have seen Julian’s body on the floor inside his flat and did not enter the property. Instead, he claimed he alerted workmen who were working downstairs.
The workmen went inside Julian’s flat and discovered his lifeless body with stab injuries and called emergency services.
Officers arrested Facelli at the scene on suspicion of murder – they were both subsequently released under investigation while enquiries continued.
On 27 February 2018, Facelli was re-arrested on suspicion of murder, following results of forensic testing.
Facelli’s watch was seized at the scene on the day of the murder, and subsequent tests found traces of Mr Aubrey’s blood on the strap, despite him saying he had not even entered his flat.
Facelli was subsequently charged with the murder,
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.”
Four other men who were arrested in connection with the murder have been released with no further action.