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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 targeted multiple ATMs across the country, including in Lincolnshire, and caused over £60,000 worth of damage is now back behind bars after being sentenced to 11 years in prison.

George Tunney, 24, targeted nine ATMs across Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire just a few months after being released from prison.

Tunney was charged with conspiracy to cause explosions, conspiracy to burgle, theft and handling stolen goods after the offences committed in January and March 2020. They were all caught on CCTV and showed him using stolen vehicles.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and, in addition to his jail sentence, he was banned from driving for eight years.

Tunney began the offences in January 2020, firstly targeting three ATMs on January 6. This included at Cantley Post Office near Doncaster, Barclays Bank at Lakeside, Doncaster and Barclays Bank in Hessle near Hull.

The next day on January 7, he attempted again at the Co-op on Dysart Road in Grantham and the Post Office in Mansfield.

Tunney was unsuccessful in accessing any cash, but caused several thousands of pounds worth of damage to the business owners.

He then targeted Spaceways Service Station in Nether Poppleton in North Yorkshire. He again caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and this time stole over £57,000 in cash from the ATM.

In a second spate of attempted thefts in March, Tunney targeted The Post Office in Shepshed, Leicestershire, the Jet garage in Adwick near Doncaster and an ATM at the Co-op in Starbeck near Harrogate. One of these attempts saw Tunney steal over £35,000 in cash.

A few days later at around 2am on March 10, North Yorkshire Police officers spotted one of the stolen vehicles near York.

The vehicle took off at speed as officers followed it with the pursuit continuing for some distance. The vehicle then drove the wrong way round a roundabout before travelling along the wrong side of the A64 dual carriageway.

Shortly afterwards it was seen to crash into the car park barriers at the McArthur Glen York Designer Outlet.

Officers began searching the area before the NPAS helicopter spotted a heat source close to the River Ouse. Officers then located the suspects hiding in a tree trunk and they were subsequently arrested.

In November last year, a Norfolk man and a teenager from Doncaster were charged with conspiracy to cause explosions, conspiracy to commit burglaries and aggravated vehicle taking for their part in the March spate of attacks with Tunney.

Fran Naughton, North Yorkshire Police Detective Superintendent, said: “The sentence given to Tunney is a clear demonstration that this type of crime will not be tolerated. Not only did Tunney and his associates endanger many lives through the dangerous use of explosives, some of which were deployed at fuel forecourts, they caused well in excess of £60,000 damage to a number of businesses.

“These businesses provide essential local services to their communities and many were out of use for extended periods of time whilst repairs were made.

“This has been an extensive investigation, supported through SaferCash and the companies affected by these crimes with many lines of enquiry progressed to ensure these offenders face the consequences of their actions. I would like to thank everyone who played a role in securing a successful outcome for this case.”

A Lincoln man who won £1.7 million playing blackjack on a betting site has won a three-year legal battle with Betfred to claim the winnings after they claimed a ‘glitch’ was the reason he won.

Andrew Green, 54, from Washingborough, was playing Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven on the betting app, and after six hours he went from £100 to £1.7 million in January 2018.

After hitting the jackpot, a staggering £1,722,923.54, Andrew rushed to the pub and ran up a £2,500 bill to celebrate with his friends.

Andrew was called up by Betfred who congratulated him on becoming a millionaire, and even offered him financial advice.

Four days later, Betfred claimed that Andrew only won because of a system malfunction, and he would not be given the money.

The betting company paid off Andrew’s pub bill, and even offered him £60,000 to not talk about the issue again, but he refused.

In October 2020, he took the case to the High Court, looking to sue Betfred and its parent company Petfre, for £2 million.

He has now won that legal battle and will be given the jackpot earnings from his blackjack victory.

High Court judge Mrs Justice Foster ruled in Andrew’s favour and said Betfred had no grounds to withhold payment.

However, in a statement after the judgement, Andrew said the three-year row over the payout had made him wish he’d never won, BBC News reported.

“My physical health has also suffered badly, and I sometimes wished I’d never won this money, because it was just making my life a misery,” he said.

“But today, I feel like the world has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel so incredibly happy and relieved.”

Betfred also apologised for the delay paying out the money and said it would not appeal against the ruling.

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