Humberside

Hull man pleads guilty to stabbing murder

Duncan Heaton
Duncan Heaton will be sentenced later this month

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 51-year-old from Hull who was found stabbed at his home in what police described as a "vicious attack".

Duncan Heaton, 41, of St Ives Close, Bransholme, also admitted a charge of theft at Hull Crown Court.

Keith Opray's body was discovered in his home on Wareham Close, Bransholme, on 25 January.

Heaton was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on 25 July.

Humberside Police Det Supt Matt Hutchinson, who led the inquiry, said officers had received numerous calls from the public after appealing for information.

"The deceased was a vulnerable member of the community who had every right to believe he was safe in his own home," he said.

"Heaton attended on the day of the incident and during the course of that visit stole from the deceased and subjected him to a vicious attack where he sustained multiple stab wounds.

"Heaton then left the flat and proceeded to sell all the property he had stolen from the flat for practically nothing."

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