A killer called 999 and asked the police for a lift home after murdering a special constable in his bed.
Daniel Johnson launched a frenzied knife attack on David Wilson in his flat in Sunderland, after attempting to rob his partner at an ATM on December 14, 2014.
Johnson denied murder at Newcastle Crown Court, but has been found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison.
The court heard how Johnson, then 21, had drunkenly stolen 49-year-old Wilson’s phone after stabbing him repeatedly through his duvet as he slept.
He then used the phone to call 999 and ask police to take him home to Gateshead, claiming he had gotten lost making his way home from a house party, Metro UK reports.
Jurors heard that Johnson had indeed been at a house party nearby, where he was pictured pouring alcohol into his eyes and dancing.He then left the party and bumped into Wilson’s partner, who had left the flat to pick up a takeaway.
CCTV footage shows an attempted robbery by Johnson, in which he led Wilson’s partner to a cash machine to try and force them to get money out. However, this failed.
Johnson had however stolen the victim’s house keys and let himself into the flat where Wilson was asleep. He then took a knife from the kitchen and attacked.
When he called the police, Johnson said: ‘I don’t have a clue how I’m getting home. I live in Gateshead. I was at a house party and I missed the last Metro.’
He then walked home along the tracks to Seaburn Metro Station and dumped the phone nearby, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.Jailing him for life with a minimum of 23 years, Mr Justice Males said: ‘It was a vicious and savage attack on a defenceless man.
It is clear from the defensive injuries to his hands which David Wilson sustained that for at least part of the attack he was awake and conscious of what you were doing to him.‘David Wilson was a 49-year-old man with a loving family. Since leaving school he had a number of jobs, and also served for some six or seven years as a special constable with Northumbria Police.‘His murder has had a profound and traumatic effect on his entire family.’
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