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’
‘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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