Joshua Jacques: Man accused of four murders in Bermondsey’s Bonamy Estate pleads not guilty

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His lesser plea of manslaughter was not accepted and the case will go to trial

A man accused of murdering four people in Bermondsey’s Bonamy Estate has pleaded not guilty, claiming he was not in his right mind.

Appearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, Joshua Jacques, 28, instead pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter by diminished responsibility for the four killings, which took place on Monday, April 25 on Delaford Road.

Jacques’ plea was not accepted by the court and the case will go to trial. His next appearance will be a plea and preparation hearing on December 19.

Jacques is accused of murdering Guy’s Hospital worker Dolet Hill, 64. her husband Denton Burke, 58, Ms Hill’s daughter Tanysha Ofori-Akuffo, 45, and granddaughter Samantha Drummonds, 27.

The family have been described as “fun-loving”, “caring” and “kind” by a relative.

Denton Burke’s sister Juleth Hutchinson said her brother “was a fun-loving and warm-hearted kind man whose laughter would bring joy to anyone in his presence.

The trained chef and Westminster council sanitation worker “showed his love through food”.

Dolet Hill, his wife of fifteen years “was a loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend who never turned anyone away and her smile will truly brighten anyone’s day.” A pharmacy assistant at Guy’s Hospital for twenty years, Ms Hill “was a woman with impeccable strength” who “always welcomed everyone with an open heart.”

Brandon Estate resident Tanysha Okori-Akuffo “was a doting wife, caring mother and a great friend,” Ms Hutchinson said, while her daughter Samantha Drummonds “was an upbeat, fun-loving, bubbly young lady who adored her grandmother Dolet”. “They had a beautiful relationship,” she said.

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