Bagel tycoon’s son admits killing mother and sister

The son of a bagel tycoon has admitted killing his mother and sister, who were stabbed to death at the family home.

In 2018, Joshua Cohen, 29, was sent to Broadmoor hospital after being found mentally unfit to enter pleas to the murders of Louise Cohen, 64, and Hannah Cohen, 33.

After his mental health improved, Cohen, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was brought back to the Old Bailey. Cohen entered guilty pleas to the manslaughter of the women by diminished responsibility, but denied their murders.

The prosecutor, Sarah Whitehouse QC, said the crown accepted the pleas following psychiatric reports.

The court had previously heard Cohen had worked at the renowned family-owned Beigel Bake bakery in Brick Lane, in the east end of London, but left after “issues” with customers.

He lived in an annex in the garden of the Cohens’ six-bedroom house in Golders Green, north London, only being allowed back in to the main house if one of his brothers was present.

On the evening of 11 August 2017, he attacked his widowed mother and sister in the basement laundry room after Louise Cohen let him into house. She suffered 13 stab wounds and her daughter was stabbed in the neck, severing the carotid artery.

Cohen was arrested the following day after he was seen in the street by officers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *