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Murderer gets 36 years in prison for his torture killing.

Byline: ANDREW BARDSLEY andrew.bardsley@trinitymirror.com @ABARDSLEYMEN

A SADISTIC killer who 'enjoyed' subjecting victims to extreme violence, brutally murdered a recovering alcoholic in his own home - before trying to sell his things.

Michael Pickering has been jailed for life with a minimum of 36 years after being found guilty of torturing and killing Jonathan Herd at his Oldham flat.

Pickering, 31, who had denied the charge, was not in court to hear his punishment having refused to leave his prison cell.

A judge said Pickering wanted to rob Mr Herd, 45, of anything he had of value during the raid on July 30, 2017, after running out of drugs.

Jonathan's extinguished the most cowardly way Judge Mansell He repeatedly stabbed and punched Mr Herd at his flat on Lee New Road, before jumping up and down on his body as he lay defenceless, causing his lungs to collapse.

Mr Herd suffered 115 separate injuries. His body was discovered by his parents the next morning.

After killing Mr Herd, Pickering took a taxi into Oldham with three shopping bags of items he had stolen from the flat, including a mobile phone, an Xbox, a TV, some DVDs, PS40 in cash, a coat and Mr Herd's gold chain, which was ripped from his neck. Pickering tried to sell the items at a branch of Cash Generators, but was refused. He is thought to have sold them privately.

Jurors were told that nearly two decades ago Mr Herd's former partner died, and that he turned to drink as a way of managing his grief.

He was succeeding in his battle with drink and Manchester Crown Court heard his family had 'genuine hope' he would return to his former self.

Judge Richard Mansell QC, who said he would sentence as if Pickering was in court, said: "Jonathan's life was extinguished by you in the most callous, cowardly and brutal way imaginable."

" The court heard Pickering, of Coverham Avenue, Oldham, had only been out of prison for two months when he killedlife was by you in callous, and brutal imaginable Richard Mr Herd, having served eight years in prison for robbery, blackmail and causing actual bodily harm. The judge said: "I am satisfied you gain a degree of enjoyment or excitement from subjecting someone to extremes of violence and torture."

After his release in May last year, Pickering began mixing with old friends and continued abusing drink and drugs. Pickering's co-defendant, Leon Wilkes, 38, was found not guilty of murder and of manslaughter.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
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Date:Feb 2, 2018
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