Damien Hill jailed for life for murder


Damien Hill has today been jailed at Preston Crown Court for a minimum of 16 years for murdering 35 year old Guy Hamilton in his flat on Meetings View in Barrow-in-Furness on the evening of 30 April 2016.

At 9.45pm Mr Hamilton rang for a taxi to take him to a local nightclub in Barrow.  At 9.52pm he made another call to emergency services but was unable to speak due to his injuries. By the time the taxi arrived around 10pm paramedics were making attempts to save his life.

Annabelle Hartley, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "Damien Hill carried out a brutal attack upon his friend after spending an evening socialising together at the victim's flat.

"He used a double edged black handled machete, which was around 65 cm in length, to cut his throat before leaving the flat and returning home.

"Throughout the case Hill admitted he had inflicted the wounds, but denied that he had done so with the intention of causing serious harm or murder.  However following a five day trial, the jury found him guilty of murdering Guy Hamilton.

"Today he has been given a life sentence; he must face up to the consequences of his violent actions.

"We sincerely hope that today's conviction and sentence brings Mr Hamilton's family and friends some sense that justice has been served. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."