Child begged 'Don't kill my brother' when killer tried to knife boy, 4, after stabbing neighbour 59 times to death | The Sun

A CHILD begged "don't kill my brother" when a killer tried knifing a young boy after stabbing his neighbour 59 times to death.

Aaron Cook, 23, launched into the frenzied attack on 76-year-old Bella Nicandro, in plush Notting Hill, West London.

He then attempted to knife a four-year-old boy but was stopped by the youngster's mum.

Horrified witnesses watched the killer as he stalked the streets with his arms covered in blood.

He also declared “I am God, I am God,” before being restrained by members of the public.

Cook has now been detained indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

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Charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to the child and racially aggravated harassment were left to lie on the court file.

The Old Bailey heard how the horror unfolded on August 14, 2021.

Cook had messaged a school friend, saying: "You should respect me cause you know I'm God, I'm about to go out there and rape and kill someone and no one can do a thing about it because I'm God b***h".

As the mum returned to the block of flats where Cook and Bella lived with her two children, he came running downstairs.

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Cook then grabbed the four-year-old and pointed the knife at the back of his neck and attempted to stab him.

The brave mum managed to wrestle the knife away but he got it back – causing the little girl to plead: "Don't kill my brother".

Eventually Cook let go of the boy and his mum fled with him and his sister.

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard KC said: "The young family was, not surprisingly, terrified.

"[Cook] was extremely agitated, covered in blood, threatening and throwing his arms in the air.

"Members of the public restrained him on the ground and called the police.

"Whilst restrained on the ground he said 'did you like the way I killed her there, did you see the way I killed her there'."

Police forced entry to various flats in the block until they found stricken Bella.

She had been stabbed 59 times in total – including five times to the side of the neck.

Some of the jabs were so brutal that the knife had passed through bones on her face and a tip of the blade was discovered in her hair.

She was treated at the scene but sadly couldn't be saved.

In a victim impact statement, Bella's daughter Rushena Pineda told how didn't recognise her mum after seeing her in the mortuary.

She added: "It had been the most joyous time for our family because I had just got engaged. Then our world collapsed.

"When my aunt told me she had been murdered I could not comprehend the situation.

"When I realised it was her [in the mortuary], I thought how could this happen to my mum why in this way?

"I have so much stress, guilt and pain knowing what happened to Mum, all the pain she must have felt lying on the floor on her own.

"Was she calling my name? What must she have been thinking?"

The court was told Cook was suffering from underlying paranoid schizophrenia exacerbated by the use of cannabis.

His community mental health team had not taken his condition seriously, it was said.

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Cook denied murder but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

He was detained in hospital indefinitely under section 41 of the Mental Health Act.

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