Life sentence for murderer of Davinia Loynton


Kevin Hyden has today been found guilty at Stafford Crown Court of murdering Davinia Loynton and jailed for life – to serve a minimum of 32 years.

When the 59-year-old victim failed to turn up to work on 22 September 2014, concerned colleagues tried to call her on her mobile, but when this was unsuccessful they sent her a text message. They received a reply to their text, but this raised further suspicions and they then made attempts to contact her at home.

They eventually managed to gain access to the victim's flat where they discovered her body rolled up in carpet hidden behind a sofa.

The police and the paramedics arrived at the victim's flat but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms Loynton had died as a result of blunt force trauma injuries to the head and a stab wound to her neck.

Following a police investigation, the 35-year-old defendant was identified using Ms Loynton's bank cards to make cash withdrawals. After his arrest Ms Loynton's mobile phone was recovered from his home address and forensic evidence was recovered linking him to property stolen from Ms Loynton.

Further enquires revealed that two debit cards belonging to Ms Loynton were used to withdraw £2,770 over a two day period.

Hyden was later charged with two counts of fraud, which he pleaded guilty to and the murder of Ms Loynton.

As a result of enquiries into the murder of Ms Loynton, evidence was obtained which resulted in Kevin Hyden being charged with dwelling house burglaries, one of which occurred at Ms Loynton's home address on 16th January 2014 , and a burglary of the West Midlands Air Ambulance Charity shop in Wellington. He pleaded guilty to these offences.

Emma Lucas, 39, the girlfriend of Kevin Hyden was charged with  perverting the course of justice; she was found guilty of this offence and will be sentenced at a later date.

Lesley Milner, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "Kevin Hyden has today been convicted and sentenced for a truly brutal murder and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Davinia Loynton.

"The defendant had previously burgled the home address of Ms Loynton. In September 2014, he returned to the address, gained access to Ms Loynton's flat and once inside, he attacked her, took possession of personal items including her bank cards and mobile phone and forced her to reveal the pin numbers to her accounts.

"Over a two day period after the murder, Hyden used the victim's bank cards to withdraw cash from various locations, and also used her mobile phone.

"Following his arrest, he claimed that he had found these items in a bag which he had found in a field, an account which was supported by Emma Lucas. He admitted using the bank cards to withdraw cash but denied the murder of Ms Loynton."