Father of murder accused Brett Rogers tells of attack

Bentfield Gardens, Stansted Mountfitchet
Image caption Brett Rogers, 23, allegedly knifed Gillian Phillips, 54, and David Oakes, 60, dozens of times in a fatal attack at her home in Stansted Mountfitchet

A father has told how his son, who is accused of murdering his own mother, once left him with a broken eye socket.

Brett Rogers, 23, is accused of stabbing Gillian Phillips, 54, and David Oakes, 60, dozens of times in at her home in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Former milkman Mr Rogers, of Stansted Mountfitchet, denies two counts of murder.

His father Peter told a Chelmsford Crown Court jury he was attacked by his son in 2012.

As a result of that attack, Peter Rogers said, his son admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed.

'No arguments'

Peter Rogers, of Bishop's Stortford, told the court he had seen his son while he was on remand after the killing of his mother.

He said he had asked him about the killing and he denied responsibility.

"I asked him and he just says 'I never done it'," he told the court.

Mr Rogers said generally his son always got on better with his mother than with him.

"He was doing the cleaning... cutting the grass, doing all sorts. Generally it couldn't have been better.

"It was great, no arguments that I know of," he told the court.

The trial continues.

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