Gateshead head-severing: Karl Bestford jailed for murder
A man who tried to cut his landlord's head off in a row over rent arrears has been jailed for life for his murder.
Ex-abattoir worker Karl Bestford stabbed and mutilated Simon Meech, 46, after inviting him round to his flat in Gateshead, on 28 July last year.
The 35-year-old had denied murder but was found guilty by a jury, at Newcastle Crown Court.
He was ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years, after "partially severing" his victim's head at the flat in Bensham.
Bestford had told the court Mr Meech pulled a knife on him during the meeting at the Rayleigh Grove flat.
Northumbria Police welcomed the sentence and said a "dangerous and violent" man was "off the streets".
More at the link. This guy worked in an abattoir (slaughter house) so he was trained in this sort of thing. Not a nice man. A pic at link. He looks mean and evil.
Posted by: Alaska Paul 2013-01-29