The man who lead the investigation to put Jonathan Binns’ killers behind bars has said they carried out a “vicious and unprovoked” attack.
Speaking after a judge handed a life sentence to murderer Kevin Pickering, Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, praised Mr Binns’ family for their “impeccable dignity” throughout the distressing four week trial.
But he admitted the investigation, which has also resulted in three other men jailed for manslaughter, had been difficult.
In a statement, Det Superintendent Maly said: “Jonathan Binns was a peaceful man, who lived and worked in the community, and who was simply enjoying a social night in with a friend at Eastborough in Scarborough.
“Mr Binns was subjected to a vicious and unprovoked assault where he was stabbed twice.
“Despite desperate first aid attempts he died tragically at the scene.
“This was a difficult case to investigate, which I am pleased was acknowledged by the judge.”
Det Superintendent Malyn, who is based in Harrogate, added: “I would like to thank the family for their impeccable dignity throughout the whole investigation.
“I would also like to thank the community in Scarborough where witnesses gave evidence in challenging circumstances and also allowed their CCTV systems to be utilised to put together key evidence in this case.
“This case shows the tragic consequences of people who are involved in drug abuse and who are prepared to carry knives and other dangerous weapons.”