A homophobic man who has an obsession with hammer attacks has been convicted of murdering Ranjith ‘Roy’ Kankanamalage in an east London cemetery.
Content warning: This story includes topics that could make some readers feel uncomfortable and/or upset. Erik Field, 37, hid in the shadows before launching himself at the victim, the Old Bailey heard.
Ranjith was hit 12 times in the face and head with the hammer, resulting in what has been described as “catastrophic” injuries.
The 50-year-old’s body was ultimately found in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in the early hours of 16 August 2021 by a member of the public.