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Maida Vale man found guilty of murdering disabled neighbour for his benefits money

15:36 18 February 2013

Matthew Tinling stabbed former soldier Richard Hamilton 21 times.

Matthew Tinling stabbed former soldier Richard Hamilton 21 times.

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A thug is facing life behind bars for murdering his disabled neighbour while trying to get him to reveal his bank account PIN number.

Matthew Tinling, 25, knifed former soldier Richard Hamilton 21 times in the head, neck and legs at a hostel for the homeless in Shirland Road, Maida Vale, the Old Bailey heard.

He used the 45-year-old victim’s cash card to withdraw £240 to spend on crack cocaine. Detectives believe Mr Hamilton was attacked at 2am on March 28. Mr Hamilton’s body lay undiscovered for two weeks before the alarm was raised, but CCTV footage of twitching bedroom curtains, together with DNA evidence on the curtains and a credit card holder, led a jury to convict Tinling of murder today.

CCTV also captured Tinling leaving the building hours later to dump several plastic bags in bins.

Tinling, who denied the charge, will be sentenced next month.

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