Man convicted of the murder of “Gentle Giant”

30/01/2012

Jake Brand, 22, was today at Winchester Crown Court convicted of the murder of Glyn Helliwell, 42, who was killed in the area of Parkwood Road in Southbourne (Bournemouth) on Wednesday 6 July 2011.

Following the conviction, Tessa Hingston, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said:" Glyn Helliwell, a local chef at the Bistro of the Beach restaurant was killed while he was heading home on the night of the 6th July 2011.

"The man described as a 'gentle giant' tragically met his death after the defendant, Jake Brand followed him after he had left the Grove Tavern and stabbed him to death.

"The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard how reprehensible Brands behaviour was. Not only did he apparently attack Glyn Helliwell from behind, and steal his phone as he lay wounded, but he also, during the trial, attempted to incriminate his brother for the murder of Mr Helliwell.

"The pathologist confirmed that Mr Helliwell died as a result of a single stab wound to the left rear of his abdomen that caused a catastrophic blood loss from a punctured aorta. The murder weapon was never found.

"The jury watched CCTV evidence from local shops and businesses showing the defendant walking behind Mr Helliwell as he left the Grove Tavern. Within half an hour later, Mr. Helliwell had been stabbed.

"The jury also heard evidence from an ex-girlfriend of Mr. Brand who explained how Jake Brand admitted to her on 9th July that he had committed the murder.

"We were able to bring a strong case to court thanks to the thorough investigation of Dorset Major Crime Investigation Team. As a result, the jury was satisfied that Jake Brand was the murderer of Glyn Helliwell.

"Our thoughts go out to Glyns family and friends at this difficult time."

Jake Brand was sentenced to life serving a minimum of 23 years.