Elliot Handley death: Dorchester killer Simon Bennett detained

Elliot Handley Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Elliot Handley's body was found at a flat in The Grove, Dorchester

A man who admitted killing a 46-year-old whose body was found in a flat in Dorset has been detained indefinitely in hospital.

Simon Bennett, 44, admitted the manslaughter of Elliot Handley on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Mr Handley, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, was discovered at a property in The Grove, Dorchester, on 26 May.

Appearing at Winchester Crown Court, Bennett, of The Grove, was detained under the Mental Health Act.

Post-mortem tests showed Mr Handley had suffered multiple blunt force injuries to his head.

Dorset Police said the scene was forensically examined over three days and a number of items were seized that were believed to have been used in the attack, including a claw hammer, a heavy metallic object and a bottle.

Following the sentencing on Monday, senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Neil Devoto said: "Our thoughts today are with Elliot's family who are being supported by family liaison officers."

Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Simon Bennett pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility

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