Hospital order for presenter’s son

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A MAN who admitted killing his ex-BBC presenter father with a hammer has been given an interim hospital order.

Joseph Cooper violently beat former BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Winton, 64, on 15 April last year at the Dorset cottage they shared.

The 24-year-old had admitted manslaughter through diminished responsibility at an earlier hearing. He was given a 12-week hospital order so a psychiatric assessment can be carried out before he is sentenced on January 4. Winchester Crown Court heard Cooper struck his father so hard he broke the hammer handle in half.

He denied murder but his guilty manslaughter plea was accepted by the prosecution after reports found he was mentally ill.

Former BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Winton Cooper was found by police at his cottage in Marnhull, near Sturminster Newton, on the 22nd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, which he had reported on in 1989