Two men jailed for murder - Stevenage

19/05/2017

Two men appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Friday, 19 May 2017, and were jailed for life and to serve minimum terms of 19 and 16 years imprisonment for the murder of a man in Stevenage last November.

John Jamieson, aged 36, of Wigram Way, Stevenage and Graham King, aged 36, of Harrow Court, Stevenage, were sentenced today after being found guilty of the murder of Peter Shickle, aged 58, on Monday, 15 May 2017, after a three-week trial. Jamieson was sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 19 years, and King was sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 16 years.

Robbie Weber, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "At about 3pm on Sunday, 6 November 2016, Peter was found dead at his home in Silam Road, Stevenage. He had been beaten to death in a frenzied and sustained attack with fists, feet, weapons and a large flat screen TV and had suffered numerous injuries including a fractured bone in his throat, 16 fractures to his ribs, a broken nose and serious head injuries normally seen in car crash victims, which had caused bleeding on the brain.

"About a week before he was found dead, Peter had been drinking in Stevenage with a woman when a physical altercation occurred between them. On hearing about the altercation, the woman's son, John Jamieson, in company with his friend, Graham King, went in search of Peter to exact brutal retribution upon him. Both men acted jointly, together, and are clearly extremely ruthless, calculated and violent individuals.

"Jamieson claimed he had ever been to Peter's home and denied attacking him, but admitted being with King on the day in question. He later claimed to the jury that he used the flat screen TV to protect himself because Peter had threatened him with a Stanley knife. King refused to answer any questions when interviewed by the police. They were both linked to the murder by CCTV; a mobile phone, which was inadvertently dropped by King at Peter's flat; forensic evidence - the trainers Jamieson was wearing at the time of his arrest and clothing found at his home were found to be stained with Peter's blood, and DNA - a Stanley knife found at Peter's flat had King's DNA on both sides of the handle and a bronze statue found at the flat had traces of DNA on it from both Jamieson and King. Both have today been found guilty of murder despite their denials.

"This case represents a tragedy for Peter's family and friends, who have been devastated by his death. I would like to pay tribute to them, and the witnesses, for their support of the investigation and prosecution.

"We have worked closely with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Team since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We know that nothing will bring Peter back to his family and friends, but we hope that the convictions today's sentences bring them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Inspector Pushpa Guild from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "Jamieson and King carried out a vicious and sustained attack on Peter in his own home, which they had planned after hearing about the incident involving Jamieson's mother.

"They will now both serve long sentences in prison where they will have time to reflect on the consequences of their actions on the afternoon that they visited Peter's flat.

"I would like to take this opportunity to commend the way Peter's family have conducted themselves throughout the criminal investigation and the subsequent trial. They have remained dignified despite having to hear in open court the shocking injuries that Peter suffered at the hands of his killers."

Following the sentencing, Peter's family said: "A huge hole has been left in our lives following our father's murder and words can never explain our sense of loss and devastation.

"His violent death has had a massive impact on our lives and this is something that we will never come to terms with.

"Today's sentencing of Jamieson and King gives us little comfort, but we would like to thank the police and Crown Prosecution Service for their professionalism and support, and to also thank those individuals who gave up their time to be members of the jury or to give evidence in court."