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 JAMES HEAD & STUART HEAD

 


Name:

James Head

Stuart Head

AKA:

 

D.O.B.

1974
Kill Total: 1

Kill date:

17 April 2008

Kill Place:

London

Status:

Single

Occupation:

 

Victim:

Nigel Stemp
D.O.B. 1952

 


 

Court:

The Old Bailey
Case No: T20077223

Judge:

Richard Hone

Prosecution:

Brian Altman QC

Defence:

 

   

 

 

FACTFILE

 

17th April 2008

Identical twins James & Stuart Head were upset that a council house swap with Nigel Stemp had gone wrong. They went to the house to sort out the problem.

Mr. Stemp had been hit over the head with planks of wood and possibly a hammer, and an attempt had been made to cut his throat

The twin brothers, who have learning difficulties, also set fire to Mr. Stemp's home in an attempt to cover the crime.

Firemen made the discovery of Mr Stemp's charred body on his bed when they arrived to put out the fire.

Police discovered the front door to the flat had been forced and the sofa was soaked in blood. A bloody knife was found in the kitchen sink.
Other blood stains were discovered in the hall, suggesting the body had been dragged into the bedroom where the brothers attempted to set Mr Stemp’s battered body on fire.

Forensic teams found the fingerprints of the twins on the knife, door and lighter fluid.


28th November 2008, The brothers denied the murder charge. At the old Bailey in London,

The jury found them guilty by a complete majority, Both men were ordered to serve at least 16 years.
"You are both equally culpable," Judge Richard Hone said in sentencing.
"You each have a low cunning and have shown absolutely no remorse."

 

When the sentence was given the brothers were forcibly dragged from the dock, they struggled with prison officers.
James banged on the glass of the Old Bailey dock and called out: 'I wasn't even there'.

 

The brothers are eligible for parole in November 2024.

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