David Lawler found guilty of murdering Bradford grandfather Clement Desmier


David Lawler, 33, has been found guilty at Bradford Crown Court today of murdering Bradford grandfather Clement 'Butch' Desmier. Lawler has also been found guilty of intimidating a witness. His co-defendant, Nathan Jefferson, 20, pleaded guilty to murder at an earlier hearing.

Julian Briggs, from the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "In the early hours of Thursday 23 August 2012, Clement Desmier was asphyxiated and repeatedly stabbed in a frenzied attack in which over 60 injuries were inflicted on him. This was a horrifying and savage attack on a sick and defenceless man, in his own home.

"There followed a thorough, long-running police investigation, including a reconstruction on Crimewatch. Eventually overwhelming evidence was gathered from a number of witnesses, in respect of both defendants. Both men independently confessed to others their involvement in the murder. And when analysed, these accounts independently supported one another. The evidence against Jefferson was such that he pleaded guilty to murder. Although the evidence against Lawler was equally compelling, he pleaded not guilty and the case went to trial.

"The jury has now heard all that evidence and have concluded that, beyond reasonable doubt, David Lawler was also responsible for the murder of Clement Desmier.

"These two brutal individuals will now be serving substantial prison sentences for their crimes. I hope this brings some comfort to Clement Desmier's family and friends."