Danny Bostock has been jailed for 30 years after murdering an acquaintance for his collection of rare coins.
Gordon McGhee, 52, was found dead at his flat in Forest Road, Colchester, just before 2pm on August 22, 2018.
Danny Bostock, 33, of Berberis Walk was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today, March 26. He also received six years concurrently for arson with intent to endanger life.
He was found guilty of murder and arson with intent to endanger life by a jury at the same court on March 8.
The jury had heard how Bostock had tried to cover up his crime and, after stabbing Mr McGhee 17 times, he’d left the gas cooker burning in an attempt to burn down his victim’s flat.
CCTV taken hours before the murder showed Bostock wearing a pair of Lonsdale trainers, which were linked to the crime after footwear analysis in the flat. He denied owning the trainers but, after a search of his flat, a shoebox for the correct make and model were found.
Following the guilty verdict, Mr McGhee’s family paid tribute to him as a “kind-hearted, gentle soul” and his daughter praised him for his “supportive and encouraging” nature.
Bostock’s DNA was found on a ripped coin package in Mr McGhee’s bedroom and a large collection of the victim’s collectible coins remain missing.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Truss, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:
“Gordon McGhee was a kind man and his family and friends have been devastated by his loss. They have shown great bravery and dignity throughout this trial and I hope that today’s result means they can start to move forward and honour his memory.
“Today’s sentencing proves that Bostock is a very dangerous man. He was fuelled by greed and jealousy and, even after killing Mr McGhee, was willing to put an entire block of flats in danger by trying to set a fire and cover the evidence.
“He has shown no remorse throughout the course of this trial and, sadly, a large number of Mr McGhee’s beloved coin collection are still unaccounted for.
“We know that Gordon wanted to sell these coins, including the Beatrix Potter collectibles, in order to contribute to his daughter’s wedding one day and, if anyone has information about their whereabouts, we’d like them to come forward.”