Two drug dealers jailed for revenge murder

|News, Violent crime

Two men have been jailed for life after they were both found guilty of the murder of Robert Eacock who was stabbed to death in Hereford in retaliation for stealing drugs.

A jury at Worcester Crown Court heard that Anthony Boyd was a drug runner carrying drugs from the West Midlands into Hereford.

On 18 January 2018, the defendant was robbed of his drugs by the victim. Boyd and 31-year-old Artaf Hussain sought revenge for this theft and they hatched a plan to stab Eacock.

Eleven days later Boyd was dropped off in Hereford where he met the victim. A few minutes later, he visited a supermarket where he purchased a knife. The defendant later met the victim again and stabbed him once in the back and then fled the area.

The emergency services later arrived at the scene of the stabbing and Mr Eacock was taken to the Hereford County Hospital where he passed away from his injuries.

Boyd was arrested a few days later and through phone data, a link was established between him and Hussain.

The following have been found guilty and sentenced as below:

  • Anthony Boyd – murder, life imprisonment, minimum term 25 years
  • Artaf Hussain – murder, life imprisonment, minimum term 25 years

A third man, Luke Mansell,  on a previous occasion had pleaded guilty to assisting Anthony Boyd after the stabbing. He was sentenced today to 46 months of imprisonment.

Jonathan Kelleher from the CPS said:

“Artaf Hussain and Anthony Boyd were involved in the unlawful supply of class A drugs from the West Midlands into Hereford. When Robert Eacock stole drugs from them, the pair hatched a plan to seek revenge for this theft.  

“Boyd visited Hereford and arranged to meet the victim. He purchased a knife which he later used to stab Mr Eacock to death. Telephone analysis showed that throughout the day, Boyd was in regular contact by telephone to Hussain, seeking instructions and providing updates and that he threatened a man associated with the victim. This evidence was key in linking the two men in the murder of  the victim.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Eacock.”

Notes to editors

  • Jonathan Kelleher is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • Anthony Boyd (23.02.1995) was charged and found guilty of one count of murder
  • Artaf Hussain (05.08.1986) was charged and found guilty of one count of murder
  • Luke Mansell (23.10.1996) was charged and found guilty of one count of assisting an offender

Further reading