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William Spiller was killed and dismembered by his son who used the remains as a TV stand, court hearsGetty

A father was killed and dismembered by his own son, who packed the bloody remains into boxes and used them as a TV stand, a court has been told.

Nathan Robinson, 28, allegedly killed his dad William Spiller, and then used an array of tools to dismember his father, who weighed 25 stones, heard Winchester Crown Court.

Prosecution lawyer Nigel Lickley QC described it as "a messy business".

After the killing in Bournemouth, Dorset, Robinson allegedly pretended to be his father in text messages and emptied an account of £7,750.

He spent some of it on a hotel break with his mother, who was separated from Spiller.

Father and son reportedly fell out over money, with Spiller heard asking Robinson: "Do you expect me to subsidise you for the rest of my life?"

Spiller's grisly death came to light when a downstairs neighbour discovered a pink liquid dripping through his bathroom ceiling.

Police found his head inside a filing cabinet in the flat he shared with his son.

Robinson denies murder and admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The trial continues.