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Two men sentenced for murder of Peter Shickle - Stevenage



Two men have today (Friday, May 19) been sentenced to life behind bars for the murder of 58 year old Peter Shickle, from Stevenage.


John Jamieson, aged 36, of Wigram Way, Stevenage and Graham King, aged 36, of Harrow Court, Stevenage, were found guilty of murder by a jury at Luton Crown Court on Monday, May 15.John Jamieson


On the afternoon of Sunday, November 6, last year, Jamieson (pictured top) and King (pictured middle) went to Peter’s flat in Silam Road and beat him to death. During the incident a television was ripped from the wall and used against Peter (pictured bottom) causing him extensive injuries including a traumatic brain injury. 


The court heard that the pair went to Peter’s flat planning revenge after Peter had been involved in an altercation with Jamieson’s mother outside a pub in Stevenage a week earlier on October 28.


Peter’s body was discovered in his flat by a friend on the afternoon of Sunday, November 6. The friend had gone to peter’s flat after becoming concerned when he failed to answer calls to his mobile phone.


Jamieson was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years, and King was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 16 years.Graham King


Inspector Pushpa Guild from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Jamieson and King carried out a vicious and sustained attack on Peter in his own home, which they had planned after hearing about the incident involving Jamieson’s mother.


“They will now both serve long sentences in prison where they will have time to reflect on the consequences of their actions on the afternoon that they visited Peter’s flat.


“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the way Peter’s family have conducted themselves throughout the criminal investigation and the subsequent trial. They have remained dignified despite having to hear in open court the shocking injuries that Peter suffered at the hands of his killers.”


Following the sentencing Peter’s family said: “A huge hole has been left in our lives following our father’s murder and words can never explain our sense of loss and devastation. Peter Shickle


“His violent death has had a massive impact on our lives and this is something that we will never come to terms with.


“Today’s sentencing of Jamieson and King gives us little comfort, but we would like to thank the police and Crown Prosecution Service for their professionalism and support, and to also thank those individuals who gave up their time to be members of the jury or to give evidence in court.”


Robbie Weber, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “This case represents a tragedy for Peter’s family and friends, who have been devastated by his death. I would like to pay tribute to them, and the witnesses, for their support of the investigation and prosecution. 
“We have worked closely with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Team since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We know that nothing will bring Peter back to his family and friends, but we hope that today’s convictions bring them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time.”