Life sentence for man who killed his friend


A 34-year-old man has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to life imprisonment after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the murder of his friend.

On New Year's Day this year, Vincent Tomkins was found dead in his flat in Stourbridge. He had been beaten to death.

Daniel Jones and Mr Tomkins had been together drinking during the day at the victim's flat. Later in the day the pair had an argument, which resulted in the defendant attacking Mr Tomkins with various weapons.

The victim sustained a number of injuries as a result of the attack, injuries from which he would later die.

The defendant then searched Mr Tomkins's flat and stole his flat-screen television, which he later sold for 30.00.

Although no one witnessed the attack on Mr Tomkins, his neighbours heard a disturbance coming from the flat and raised the alarm. The defendant meanwhile attended the local pub where he obtained a change of clothes from a friend. On leaving the pub he disposed of the blood-stained clothing in a nearby garden.

When it emerged that he was the prime suspect in the murder of Mr Tomkins the police located Mr Jones with the assistance of local residents. He was then arrested and charged with Mr Tomkins' murder.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Daniel Jones initially blamed others for the murder of Vincent Tomkins, however, he has now taken responsibility for the brutal murder of someone that he called his friend.

"The two men spent New Year's Day together in each other's company, however, during the course of the day they had an altercation and the defendant's mood changed. He became violent and repeatedly attacked his victim, resulting in him killing Mr Tomkins.

"Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Mr Tomkins, and our thanks go out to those who were willing to give evidence should the need have arisen."