Two Blyth men have been jailed for life this afternoon for the murder of Jason Lockwood.
Stephen Tiffin and Kyle Gordon were sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday June 27, for the death of Mr Lockwood, who died in his flat on Valentine’s Day last year.
The 40-year-old was beaten senseless, and then his flat at Noredale House in Blyth was set on fire in an attempt by the pair to destroy any evidence.
Stephen Tiffin, 30, of Ingoe Close, Blyth, was found guilty of murder in January this year following a trial.
He was sentenced to life in prison, with a recommendation of 18 years before he will be considered for release on license.
His co-accused Kyle Gordon, 25, of Plover Close, Blyth, who had previously admitted the murder, was sentenced to life in prison with a recommendation of 11 and a half years before he will be released on license.
During Tiffin’s trial, Gordon gave evidence against his co-accused.
In sentencing the pair, Judge John Milford said Mr Lockwood was brutally beaten with a dumbell, feet, fists, a television and ornaments thrown at him.
Tiffin was also sentenced to 21 months in prison, which will run concurrently for a section 20 wounding offence he was on bail for when he took part in the murder of Mr Lockwood.
Speaking after the case, DCI Ian Bentham, who led the investigation, said: “Jason Lockwood died in his own home after a brutal attack by people he believed to be his friends.
“His attackers then set fire to his home and left him dying inside.
“Stephen Tiffin denied responsibility and tried to blame the attack on Kyle Gordon, but the jury has listened to the evidence and found that Tiffin is equally guilty of Mr Lockwood’s murder.
“I welcome this verdict today and I would like to thank all the witnesses who have supported this investigation.”