Man, 39, 'threatened to kill his mother and told her to choose which of his ...

Man, 39, 'threatened to kill his mother and told her to choose which of his ...
Man, 39, 'threatened to kill his mother and told her to choose which of his ...
Man, 39, 'threatened to kill his mother and told her to choose which of his brothers he should kill in row over his grandmother's will' Benn Merryweather left voicemails threatening to kill his mother, a court heard Merryweather also threatened to kill his half brother and was found with knife The 39-year-old served 21 weeks in prison after admitting two counts of making threats to kill and one count of possessing a knife at St Albans Crown Court

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A man who told his mother to choose which of his brothers he should kill after a dispute over his grandmother's will has been sentenced.

Benn Merryweather, 39, also threatened to kill his mother in voicemail messages left the day before appearing outside his half-brother's work with a knife.

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St Albans Crown court heard the Merryweather, from Hemel Hempstead had also left threatening voicemails to his half-brother through the night of February 2, before showing up outside his place of work the next morning.

The man avoided a further prison sentence after serving 21 weeks in custody while awaiting sentence for two counts of making threats to kill and one count of possessing a knife.

He claimed that he was suffering from grief and has since shown signs of remorse.

Prosecuting, Robin Mirric said: '[His half-brother] had received several voicemails where he threatened to stab him and later voicemails to his mother threatening to kill her.'

Benn Merryweather has served 21 weeks after admitting two counts of threatening to kill and one count of possession of a knife at St Albans Crown Court after threatening his family

Benn Merryweather has served 21 weeks after admitting two counts of threatening to kill and one count of possession of a knife at St Albans Crown Court after threatening his family

The messages to his mother included explicit rants, as well as threats to shoot one of his half-brothers.

Mr Mirric added: 'She said she was fearful for both her sons in the circumstances.

'He said he was to kill one of them and she should decide which one.'

As he appeared outside his half-brother's workplace, police were called and found Merryweather under the influence and

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