A man who repeatedly stabbed a man to death has been jailed.
On 1 February 2018. Michael Pickering of Oldham was sentenced at Manchester Crown Square to life imprisonment. He will serve a minimum term of 36 years. After being found guilty of the murder of Jonathan Herd.
The court heard how in the early hours of Sunday 30 July 2017. Pickering entered Jonathan’s flat on Lees New Road, Oldham armed with a knife.
He approached Jonathan and demanded that he hand over personal property.
Pickering then proceeded to stab and beat him repeatedly. Before grabbing several items – including an X-Box – from the flat.
He then fled to another flat after leaving Jonathan lying dead in his home.
On Monday 31 July 2017. Pickering used Jonathan’s mobile phone to order a taxi which drove him to a pawnbrokers in Oldham.
He tried to sell the stolen items but the shop refused.
Police caught up with Pickering later that day and arrested him.
Detective Chief Inspector Wilkinson said: “This was a horrific attack on an innocent man. Whose life was taken away from him for the sake of an X-Box and a few DVDs.