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A Judge in a Newcastle Upon Tyne has sentenced a man named Karl Bestford to life imprisonment and a minimum term of 22 years for the murder of Gateshead landlord Simon Meech.
Described by other tenants as being “the perfect landlord” Mr Meech had visited his flat to discuss rent arrears amounting to hundreds of pounds with his tenant.
The Court heard that Bestford stabbed and mutilated Mr Meech, before fleeing the scene of the crime in his landlord’s car.
Bestford denied murder at the trial but was convicted by jury.
The family of Simon Meech says it’s been left ‘utterly heartbroken’ and issued the following statement:-
“Simon was an incredible man, so deeply loved by all his family and friends. Our loss of him in July 2012 completely devastated our lives and left us utterly heartbroken. We have been left with such painful emptiness in our live. Simon’s children have been robbed of the most wonderful father; to us this is far and above the most painful and tragic part of our loss”
Police have described the killing as a ‘savage attack’.
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