Man jailed for life for murder - Hemel Hempstead

27/03/2014

A man appeared at St Albans Crown Court today, Thursday, 27 March 2014, and was sentenced to life and to serve a minimum of 27 years for 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, age 31, of Epping Green in Hemel Hempstead, was found guilty of Thomas' murder on 03 February, after a four week trial. He was also found guilty of arson being reckless as to the endangerment of life and was today sentenced to five years for that offence to run concurrently to the life sentence.

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.

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