Life sentence for murderer of Herman Simpson


A 20-year-old man has today been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 16 years, after he was found guilty of the murder of Herman Simpson who was found stabbed to death in his flat in Wolverhampton.

Dylan Jackson had offered to sell the victim heroin for £3,500 and a deal was fixed. The defendant then visited Mr Simpson's flat in Compton Road for the exchange to be made.

On 13 April 2015, the defendant, armed with a knife, arrived at the victim's flat and handed over a package that contained ash from incense sticks rather than heroin.

When the victim discovered the deception the defendant stabbed the victim a number of times, causing a fatal injury to his heart, picked up a rifle from the property and then fled the scene.

Two weeks later, on 29 April, Jackson was arrested by armed officers from Avon and Somerset Police in a property in Bath.

He was brought back to the West Midlands were he pleaded guilty to offering to supply a controlled drug of class A to another, possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing a controlled drug of class A. He was also charged with and today found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of the murder of Mr Simpson.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "Throughout this prosecution, Dylan Jackson has always claimed that he acted in self-defence and had never intended to kill the victim. However, he had planned to deceive the victim by putting ash from incense sticks into a package and claiming he was selling heroin. He then armed himself with a knife and visited the flat of Mr Simpson with the intention of using extreme force to rob him.

"When he was confronted over the deception, rather than leave the flat, Jackson stabbed Mr Simpson to death. He then fled the area and was eventually arrested in Bath, brought back to Wolverhampton

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Simpson."