“By knife I kill two people.”
These were the words uttered by Kamil Dantes to emergency services after he had stabbed his parents to death in their family home on Monday 21st April on Hardwick Road East in Worksop.
Kamil had placed the two kitchen knives he had used in the attack at the top of the stairs, covered with a towel. One had been used with such force it had broken. He then called for an ambulance.
A Home Office post-mortem examination found the Dantes’ had died from multiple stab wounds. Each had up to thirty separate wounds, a number of which would have proved fatal.
Detective Chief Inspector Leigh Sanders, who led the investigation, said: “Kamil subjected his parents to a frenzied, prolonged attack on that April morning without any provocation. Caught unaware, they had no time to fight back and certainly his father, who struggled to walk, had no means of escape.”
“They trusted him, they supported him and this is how he repaid them.”
The Dantes had moved to England from Poland in the late 1990s and worked together at a factory in Worksop.
A few years ago Leszek was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He became reliant on a wheelchair and struggled to speak. As a result he could no longer work. Malgorzata was his full-time carer.
In recent years relatives had noticed changes in Kamil’s behaviour, with him becoming more and more negative towards them. This appeared to be aggravated by reported use of steroids and cannabis.
He was detained under the Mental Health Act for two weeks in 2011 after reporting to police that his parents were dead.
Since then he had been on medication and closely monitored.
Det Chief Insp Sanders added: “This incident has understandably taken its toll on their relatives, some of whom remain in Worksop. They asked that their privacy be respected to allow them the space and time to process what has happened to their family and find a way to continue on with their lives without them.”
If you suspect someone may pose a threat to themselves or others call the 24-hour confidential SMaRT mental health helpline on 0800 561 0072.