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
"You each have a low cunning and have shown absolutely
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.