Andrew Dawson

Andrew Dawson
Kill Total3
Kill PlaceDerby
Kill Date1982 & 2010
Victim Henry Walsh - 91
John Matthews - 66
Paul Hancock
CourtNottingham Crown Court
JudgeMrs Justice Dobbs
ProsceutionNigel Godsmark QC
Case No:
1982, Given a life sentence for the murder of  91-year-old Henry Walsh. Dawson had stabbed Mr Walsh up to twelve times with a bread knife. At the trial Dawson admitted the murder.

2010, Within weeks of being released he killed again. Stabbing two men to death.

25th July 2010, 66-year-old John Matthews who lived in the same block of flats as Dawson, was found stabbed up to eighteen times, in the bath in his flat. The bath had been filled with water and a large quantity of bleach. Dawson later told police he had an urge to kill.

30th July 2010, Paul Hancock, also found in the bath, in the same block of flats, was stabbed to death 22 times.
Dawson fled after this murders.

later that the same day, 30th July, Dawson was arrested in Cumbria, the police having to taser him during the arrest. Dawson was found with a large quantity of knives on him.

Dawson  told police he felt an 'urge to kill' before he knocked on the men's doors in the block of flats in Chaddesden, Derby, where they all lived, and subsequently launching a frenzied assaults on them, leaving the bodies in the bath.

18th July 2011, Dawson admitted two counts of murder at Nottingham Crown Court.

In sentencing Dawson to a whole life term, Mrs Justice Dobbs said "life will mean life", This pots Dawson on the home office list of prisoners serving a 'Whole life Tariff', see list here >>

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