Pair sentenced for Blyth murder

27/06/2013

Two Blyth men have today been sentenced to life terms at Newcastle Crown Court today for the murder of Jason Lockwood.

Kyle Gordon, 25, of Plover Close, Blyth, had previously pleaded guilty to the murder with Stephen Tiffin, 30, of Ingoe Close, Blyth found guilty at trial.

The pair had repeatedly hit their victim over the head with a dumbbell, before setting fire to his flat, after they had been drinking with him at his home in February of last year.

Tiffin was sentenced to life in prison of which he must serve at least 18 years. Gordon was sentenced to life in prison, of which he must serve at least 11 years.

Gerry Sydenham, Head of the Crown Court Unit at CPS North East said: "Tiffin and Gordon launched an unprovoked attack on a man who had done nothing more than invite the pair into his home. During the attack the pair delivered a number of blows to Mr Lockwood's head, both with a metal dumbbell and by stamping on him with their feet.

"By setting fire to his home they attempted to hide what they had done, an act that they denied until Gordon finally admitted his guilt. Tiffin continued to deny his involvement, blaming Gordon for the murder and unnecessarily extending the suffering caused to the family of Mr Lockwood in the process.

"Our thoughts are with the family of Mr Lockwood at this time and I would hope that they take some comfort in the sentences handed down to both of these men today."