February 25 2011

– A man has been jailed for life for brutally stabbing his boyfriend to death and hiding the body for three weeks.

David Fielding, 25, knifed partner James Todd through the heart during a violent row in Accrington, Lancashire, in September last year.

Fielding, of Lynthorpe Road, Blackburn, then left the 27-year-old’s body lying in a bedroom while he visited relatives in Kent, and travelled to Birmingham and the Lake District.

Fielding, who had previously pulled a knife on his boyfriend, even returned to the scene to retrieve a computer and deleted James’s Facebook account in an attempt to cover his tracks.

Police found James’ badly decomposed body at the house, in Rutland Close, Clayton-le-Moors, around three weeks later on Monday 27th September 2010.

A post-mortem revealed the victim died from a single stab wound to the heart.

Today a jury at Preston Crown Court found Fielding guilty of murder.

He was sentenced to life behind bars and must serve a minimum of 18 years before being eligible for parole.

Detective Superintendent Neil Hunter, who led the investigation, welcomed the verdict on behalf of James’ family and his team at Lancashire Constabulary.

He said: ‘Fielding’s attempts to hoodwink the jury failed miserably and I am pleased that they saw through his efforts to escape being brought to justice.

Tragic: 'James was a young man with his whole life ahead of him'

Tragic: ‘James was a young man with his whole life ahead of him’

‘This was an incredibly tragic case; James was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. It was made all the more upsetting given the fact that his body lay undiscovered for a number of weeks.’

Det Supt Hunter added that the pair shared a ‘tempestuous relationship punctuated with episodes of violence’ of which James was invariably the victim.

He said: ‘Fielding wanted people to believe that James was a person who he had previously been affectionate towards.

‘This was one of the most demanding scenes I have ever had to manage due to the decomposition of the body.

‘Nothing will ever bring James back and our thoughts today are with his family at this difficult time.

‘I hope the fact that the person responsible for killing James has been brought to justice brings some closure to this part of the grieving process as they continue to come to terms with their loss.’

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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