Man convicted of murder - Hemel Hempstead

03/02/2014

A man has today, Monday, 03 February 2014, been found guilty at St Albans Crown Court of the murder of a man in Hemel Hempstead.

Thomas Baird, aged 63, was beaten with a crow bar and stabbed with a Stanley knife at his bungalow in Westerdale on 02 March 2013, by James Carbott. Carbott then left the premises before returning, dousing Thomas with petrol and setting him on fire.

A post mortem examination revealed 17 cuts and stab wounds to the head, face, and neck.  There were also stab penetrations fracturing the jaw and the voice box was fractured.  There were nine stab or puncture wounds and grazes to Mr Baird's trunk and six stab wounds, cuts or grazes to his upper limbs.  Internal bleeding was found on the brain and fractures to the skull. 

Carbott, aged 31, of Epping Green, Hemel Hempstead, was found guilty of Thomas' murder following a four week trial. He was also found guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered.

Police were called to Thomas' bungalow just after midnight on Saturday, 02 March after fire fighters were called to the address. They discovered Thomas' body outside the property. Carbott was arrested at 4.50pm the following day.

The court heard how there had been bad feelings between the victim and Carbott, after his relationship with Thomas' daughter had ended five months prior to the confrontation at the bungalow.

Sentencing of James Carbott will take place at a later date (estimated end of February/beginning of March).