A Skegness man who stabbed a former friend and then ran away leaving his victim with a fatal injury was convicted of murder by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

Paul Bodell claimed he simply pushed his victim Paul Barnett, 45, after Mr Barnett went for him with a golf club during an incident in Grosvenor Road, Skegness.

He said what happened was an accident and denied he intended to either murder Mr Barnett or cause him really serious harm.

Paul Barnett sadly died in September 2020 and police put a cordon in place on Grosvenor Road in Skegness. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police/John Byford

The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for 11 hours over three days before returning a guilty verdict by a majority of 10 to 2.

Bodell, 37, of Grosvenor Road, Skegness, denied the murder of Paul Barnett on September 22, 2020.

He was remanded in custody to await sentence on a later date.

A murder investigation after the death of a man on Grosvenor Road in Skegness. | Photo: John Byford

Judge John Pini QC told him: “The jury have convicted you of murder. I will sentence you on a date that is going to be arranged. In the mean time you will remain in custody.”

During the three week trial Andrew Vout QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “It was not an accident. It was a vicious intentional blow with a lethal weapon. It was murder.”

He said the two men had been friends but fell out before the fatal incident. Paul Barnett complained that Bodell had taken his door keys off him and he wanted them back while Bodell believed Mr Barnett owed him £40.

Police put a cordon in place on Grosvenor Road in Skegness. | Photo: John Byford

Mr Vout said that Bodell concealed a large kitchen knife up his sleeve before seeking a confrontation with Mr Barnett in the street where both men lived.

“Paul Bodell stabbed Paul Barnett with such ferocity that the knife went through the left side of his chest, damaged his ribs, went through his lung, went through one of the arteries emerging from Mr Barnett’s heart and entered into and damaged his spinal bones.

“Having inflicted this terrible wound Paul Bodell ran away disposing of his knife as he ran.

“Within minutes Paul Barnett would be dead.”

Mr Vout said that after being stabbed Mr Barnett stumbled backwards and fell against a parked car before slumping to the floor. He was bleeding heavily but managed to make it back to his nearby flat.

People tried to help him and the emergency services were called but he passed away.

The following morning Bodell went to Skegness Police Station where he was arrested. He was later interviewed by officers on four occasions but made no comment to questions put to him.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Myszczyszyn, of East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “This was a brutal attack with an unwarranted level of violence and a man’s family have been left devastated by this senseless incident.

“Had Bodell left the knife at home, the outcome would have been very different. Instead this case epitomises the dangers of carrying a knife or weapon in a public place and we will release further details of this case after Bodell has been sentenced.

“Lincolnshire Police takes any incident involving a knife or weapon extremely seriously. Should you choose to carry one, even if you don’t intend to use it, there is every chance that someone could be either seriously injured or killed.

“I would like to thank all of the witnesses who came forward to help secure this conviction and I hope this is the start of some closure for Mr Barnett’s family and the local community.”

A man who admitted carrying out a violent attack on a person found lying in a Spalding street was jailed for eight-and-a-half-years on Wednesday.

Aldis Blumbergs was also sentenced to four years extended licence on his release from jail when he will also face deportation to his native Latvia.

Lincoln Crown Court heard police and paramedics were called to Cedar Court on the morning of February 5 last year after a badly injured man was found on the ground by a householder.

The identity of the victim was initially not known by the police for two weeks but was later established to be Uldis Krasoviskis.

Andrew Peat, prosecuting, said: “He was seriously injured. His face, head and clothes were covered in blood, and his face was severely swollen.”

Video evidence showed Mr Krasoviskis had been dumped in an alley around 50 yards from where he was discovered.

Mr Peat told the court a trail of blood from the alley led police to the nearby home of Aldis Blumbergs in Alexander Road.

When police arrived at the property Blumbergs, 44, held up his hands in apparent anticipation of being handcuffed, Mr Peat added.

Witnesses described the attack occuring after both men had been drinking heavily at Blumbergs’ home during a gathering earlier the same night.

At around 10pm Blumbergs wanted to go to bed, but he became unhappy and jealous that his wife did not want to do the same, and became involved in a confrontation with Mr Krasoviskis.

The prosecution accepted that Blumbergs may have struck the first blow under a mistaken belief that he was about to be attacked by Mr Krasoviskis.

But Mr Peat said what then followed was a sustained attack with a bottle.

“He hit Mr Krasoviskis several times to the head with the bottle which didn’t smash.”

Mr Peat said Blumbergs left the room after the bottle was taken away by his daughter, but then returned and continued to punch his victim.

After the attack Blumbergs ordered his son to help carry Mr Krasoviskis outside.

CCTV evidence suggested this occured around three hours before he was found lying a short distance away in Cedar Court.

The victim was taken to Peterborough Hospital and transferred to intensive care where he remained for three weeks.

He was found to have injuries including a fractured jaw and minor traumatic brain injury.

But Mr Peat said the prosecution accepted Mr Krasoviskis also had a pre-existing medical condition which made the long-term impact of the attack difficult to assess.

Mr Peat added: “In simple terms he has been very ill for a long time and remains in a local care home.”

John McNally, mitigating, told the court Blumbergs regretted his actions, but it could not be proved that the injuries caused by him had led to the subsequent deterioration in his victim’s condition and a stroke.

Blumbergs, of Alexander Road, Spalding, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm on February 5 last year.

Passing sentence Recorder Charles Falk said everyone had drunk far too much.

“Your own daughter describes you holding the bottle, swinging it and repeatedly hitting Mr Krasoviskis to the head,” the Recorder told Blumbergs.

The Recorder added Mr Krasoviskis was almost unrecognisable when he was found by a member of the public and could only mumble the word ‘help.’

A South Holland man described as having an “horrendous” criminal record plans to leave the district when he has completed his latest jail sentence, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Monday.

Matthew Bellerson’s most recent offences occurred in October last year when he brandished a knife and chased two men from his bungalow home in Pinchbeck threatening to kill them.

Neighbours who witnessed the incident were put in fear by what they saw and contacted police who arrived to find Bellerson at his home.

Bellerson became aggressive when he was arrested and when he was placed inside a police vehicle he spat resulting in officers putting him in a spit-hood.

Tony Stanford, prosecuting, told the court “This defendant has an horrendous criminal record. He has 34 previous convictions for a total of 85 offences. His offending started in 1991 and has continued fairly consistently up until recent times.”

Bellerson, 46, of The Chase, Pinchbeck, admitted offences of affray, possession of a knife in a public place and criminal damage as a result of the incident on October 25, 2020.

He also admitted breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed at the Crown Court a month earlier for possession of an imitation firearm in Market Place, Spalding, and asked for two unconnected offences of breach of the peace to be taken into consideration.

During the Spalding incident he was in a wheelchair in Market Place when he reached into his jacket and pulled out an item which he pointed at a 60-year-old woman before reportedly shouting “bang, bang”, according to Spalding Voice.

Neil Sands, in mitigation, said that Bellerson stayed out of trouble for 10 years until 2018, but went off the rails again after his relationship broke down.

“He had a number of years when he was in employment and was a normal family man. What went wrong is that the relationship which provided him with stability ended. He took a very significant backwards step and started becoming involved in drugs.”

Mr Sands said the incident in October occurred as a result of Bellerson believing the two men had stolen his phone.

“His clear instructions to me are that when he is released he wants to put Lincolnshire behind him.

“He knows there has to be a new start and that has to be away from Lincolnshire. He wants to take himself away from what for him is very considerable emotional pain.”

Bellerson was jailed for a total of 53 weeks. Lincolnshire Police said they do not have a custody photo of him.

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