Loving dad knifed in chest by psychotic neighbour ‘who warned he would kill’

A man stabbed through the chest by his "paranoid and psychotic" neighbour has been pictured for the first time.

Mark Roberts, 52, died after Ian Holden knifed him as he returned to his Liverpool home on New Year's Day.

Speaking to the ECHO, his devastated family have paid tribute to the "funny, caring and lovable" dad, adding that their describing their "sadness which hurts physically and emotionally."

Mr. Roberts had repeatedly been plagued by the behaviour of his 39-year-old downstairs neighbour since he moved in to Rakersfield Road flat complex in New Brighton in summer 2019.

This included being recorded coming and going from his flat on a laptop.

In a statement read out to Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, Mr Roberts' sister, Karen, described how she received a phone call on January 1, from her sister-in-law telling her that her brother was dead.

She said: "It was the worst news ever imaginable, I couldn't believe it."

"That night and the following days were a blur. I could not comprehend he was gone. I went to see Mark every day at the funeral home.

"It had the most traumatic effect on my life."

Holden has admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility after prosecutors agreed to not pursue a murder trial.

He is now being looked after in a mental health facility and has been diagnosed with personality disorder and a form of psychosis.

Those who lived nearby spoke of Holden being the aggressor and residents once described him as standing in the garden "twirling a machete" around his head.

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He also predicted to people he would "kill."

In the lead-up to the stabbing, Holden telephoned police and told then: "If it snowballs, I'll not be held responsible for what happens as I've given youse (sic) every chance to step in."

In another conversation, he added: "I live with a machete and other weapons in my home.

"If anyone comes in my home I've got the right to kill them and that is what it's going to turn out like."

Hours later, having fatally stabbed Mr Roberts, Holden casually asked: "Is he acting?" as the victim lay critically wounded on the floor.

The dog owner stabbed the dad to death, left immediately, threw his Berghaus jacket in a garden before returning bare-chested to the scene even though it was winter.

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He quickly exited again as people rushed to the scene to try and help his dying neighbour, and went for a walk with his pets along the beach.

Holden was arrested close to midnight on January 1 after the police helicopter was mobilised to try and find him.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how Holden complained to the landlord about his neighbour making noises, and requested the laminate flooring was removed and carpet put down.

Back and forth complaints were made to the flat owner, with Mr Roberts informing of Holden's dog fouling in the communal area and fencing put up for the animals.

Michael Brady, QC, prosecuting, said the landlord formed the view both men would "never get along" and other neighbours witnessed them arguing on repeated occasions.

Residents said they had no issues with Mr Roberts but spoke of Holden's "volatility."

Dr Fouad Basa, one of his mental health clinicians, based at Rowan View at high-security Ashworth Hospital, gave evidence this afternoon at court.

The medic said his patient was in the early stages of treatment, but his personality disorder "could not be cured."

Judge Flewitt has indicated he is considering a life sentence on Monday.

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