A mentally-ill man has been found guilty of stabbing his neighbour to death.

Daniel Burrell killed 54-year-old Barrington Davis in his own home some time in late April 2019, the Old Bailey heard.

On May 16 2019, Burrell, 40, who lived in a flat above, alerted police to a bad smell coming from the property below.

Officers forced their way into the bedsit in Lewisham, south London, and found the decomposing body of Mr Davis lying slumped across his bed.

Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC told jurors: “At first it was thought that the death had not been suspicious.

“However when Mr Davis’s body was later examined at the mortuary it was discovered that he had in fact been stabbed, multiple times, in what appears to have been a one-sided and savage knife attack.”

Further examination revealed Mr Davis had suffered a total of 16 stab wounds.

The prosecution alleged that the defendant’s fingerprint was found on the victim’s glasses, which came off in the attack.

Burrell’s DNA was also identified on the victim’s bloodstained fingernails, jurors were told.

The defendant, who has paranoid schizophrenia, denied killing his neighbour but declined to give evidence in his trial.

A jury at the Old Bailey found him guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.