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A millionaire restaurateur was stabbed to death by her own grandson after she became concerned about the amount of cannabis he was smoking, a court has heard. Sue Addis 69, owner of popular Brighton restaurants Donatello’s and Pinocchio’s, was attacked by her grandson Pietro de Sue as she lay in the bathroom of her £1million home. She stabbed her no less than 17 times with at least two knives, causing fatal wounds to her chest and neck. Lewes Crown Court heard that she allegedly called 999 and said: “I am calling to turn myself in. There has been a murder.”
Today Pietro Addis, now 19, who admits to killing her grandmother but denies killing her, went on trial. The court heard that Addis attacked his grandmother during the third pandemic lockdown on January 7, 2021.
The jury heard that the teenager belonged to a well-known family that ran a chain of Italian restaurants in Brighton. A student at a catering school in Brighton, he had ambitions to become a chef, working in the family restaurant. Ms. Addis was a highly respected figure in the Brighton business community and first opened Donatello’s and Pinocchio’s in the 1970s.
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His three children, Leo, Stefano and Mikele, worked in the restaurants that were among the most popular in the resort and attracted celebrities such as actor Bill Nighy, model Katie Price, actress Michelle Collins and a host of footballers from the Premier League. The court heard that Pietro had been diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed medication for the condition. But in addition to taking the prescribed drugs, he had also started smoking cannabis and taking antidepressants, and his behavior had deteriorated.
She began skipping college and often didn’t show up for work at the family restaurant. The court heard that she smoked one or two cannabis joints a night, three or four times a week. The teenager had been living with his father Leo and his stepmother during lockdown in Brighton, but after an argument he moved out and went to live with his grandmother.
His father believed that the ADHD medication he had been prescribed was largely to blame for his son’s problems and would flush the medication down the toilet. This led to arguments at home, and at the end of December it was decided that the teenager would move in with his grandmother in his house in Withdean.
His grandmother had told her friends, Sue Eastman and Denise Taylor, that she was becoming increasingly concerned about his cannabis use. She also wrote to Dr. Daphne Keen, the psychologist who diagnosed his ADHD in 2018, that his granddaughter continually smoked ‘weed’, which when combined with his medication had made him listless and sluggish.
She told him: ‘He is suffering from paranoia and we are all getting upset with him instead of helping him. He still says that he can’t do anything without Elvanse [his ADHD medication], but also with weed it’s become impossible to reason. “He just wants to sit in his room all day and it’s an effort to get him to do anything.”
In addition to using cannabis, Addis was also taking Xanax, an antidepressant.Friend George Cameron said he had noticed a big change in the teenager in the months leading up to the murder. He told police that his friend had become “negative and despondent” and that he, too, had become quite paranoid.
In the days leading up to the alleged murder, Addis had also behaved very strangely. He had started knocking on her grandmother’s bedroom door at night telling her that he loved her. The court heard that Pietro’s parents separated shortly after his birth and his mother died when he was six. In the summer of 2019 Pietro started smoking cannabis.
Prosecutor Rossano Scamardella KC told the court: “It appears that Pietro was selling clothes to finance his addiction to cannabis.” He added that, on the day of his death, Mrs. Addis returned from work at Donatello around 4 p.m. m. and she began searching online for treatment for her grandson. He said: ‘She was investigating ‘the Priory, Ticehurst’, which is a private clinic/hospital for addiction and mental health treatment.
She also looked up “Brighton to Ticehurst by car”, presumably to see how far away she was from her. Police investigations into the Priory indicate that no inquiries were in fact received from Ms Addis, but it appears that she was considering inpatient treatment for her grandson at a specialist facility.
She continued: ‘What followed in the lead up to her death is unclear. Only the two of them were in her house, and no one but Mrs. Addis and Pietro witnessed the events immediately before he stabbed her as she lay in the bathroom. After the murder, Addis dialed 999 and said: ‘There has been a murder.’ When she was asked how it happened, she said: “No comment,” but when asked how sure she was that her grandmother was dead, she told police: “100%.”
Scamardella said: ‘Pietro Addis is charged with the murder of his grandmother, Susan Addis. He admits to killing her. The case for him is that he was suffering from paranoid psychosis at the time, which lessens his responsibility for the murder and he has pleaded guilty to manslaughter to reflect that position. The Crown’s case is that Pietro was not suffering from such a psychosis at the time of the murder and, in fact, he bears full responsibility for the murder of his grandmother.
He said: “The issue in this case is whether, at the time Pietro killed his grandmother, he suffered from a mental abnormality arising from a recognized medical condition and substantially impaired his ability to understand the nature of his conduct and/or form rational judgment and/or exercise of self-control and that explains his act of killing his grandmother.’
He said the jury will hear evidence that the teenager’s behavior and presentation in the months before Ms Addis’s death “are likely to be evidence of the effects of smoking cannabis.” A post-mortem examination revealed 17 stab wounds to the body: two to the neck, four to the chest, five to the abdomen, four to the left arm, and two to the left leg. Death occurred as a result of stab wounds to the neck and two of the stab wounds to the chest.
Forensic officers found three knives at the scene. The first was a large black-handled knife found near a bath mat found near the bathroom. The second was a smaller black-handled knife found under Ms. Addis’s body when she was taken from the bathroom. Finally, the police found a third knife inside a jacket recovered from Pietro’s bedroom.Read More…..
Addis admitted manslaughter but denied a murder charge.
The trial continues.