UPDATE: Pensioner detained over Bridgwater damp row stabbing

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A PENSIONER has been detained in a secure psychiatric unit after a jury found he stabbed a businessman to death during a row over damp in his Bridgwater flat.

Anthony Andrews, 84, stabbed businessman Mike Bithrey, 72, once in the neck with a kitchen knife during a heated confrontation outside his home.

Witnesses saw Mr Bithrey push Mr Andrews away and then collapse to the floor bleeding heavily on the morning of June 21 this year.

Mr Bithrey, from Honiton, east Devon, never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

Trial judge Mr Justice Eder had ruled Mr Andrews was unfit to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court. A jury heard evidence about what happened on the day and ruled  Mr Andrews, of Chilton Street, Bridgwater, stabbed Mr Bithrey.

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