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The face of a killer

Kevin Pickering, who has been handed a life sentence for murder

Kevin Pickering, who has been handed a life sentence for murder

These are the men behind bars tonight for killing “peaceful” Jonathan Binns in a violent late-night stabbing last August.

Kevin John Pickering, 29, David White, 34, James Cousins, 31, and Nicholas Polihronos, 31, were handed “tough” sentences totalling 60 years at Leeds Crown Court on March 6.

Pickering was convicted of murder. He was given a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 23 years’ imprisonment.

White received a sentence of 13 years for manslaughter. Cousins and Polihronos were also found guilty of manslaughter and were jailed for 12 years each.

All four men were also convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and received sentences of 10 years to run concurrently.

White received an additional four months for drug offences.

Mr Binns, 41, died as the result of stab wounds he suffered during a robbery at a friend’s flat in Eastborough, Scarborough, on Wednesday 7 August, after the four men forced their way into the premises.

The incident was reported to North Yorkshire Police by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service after they attended the report of a serious assault.

Despite the efforts of paramedics Mr Binns died at the scene.

After the robbery the offenders left the flat and were arrested early on Thursday 8 August 2014, at a number of addresses in the town.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr Binns’ sister, Julie Anderson, said: “We have been in court throughout and heard everything. It has been very difficult and distressing to hear the evidence and we have had to re-live it for each of the four defendants.

“We are satisfied with the verdicts reached by the jury and are grateful for their efforts throughout the trial.

“On hearing the evidence in court of how Johnny died, we consider this was a cowardly, unprovoked attack, carried out in a way that was cruel, wicked and so totally unnecessary.

“Johnny was a peaceful, non-violent person who showed no violence towards his attackers, he was simply brave enough to resist the attempts to steal what was rightfully his.

“We will never come to terms with what has happened. Johnny came from a large and loving family and we will carry the burden of Johnny’s loss forever. The last time we saw Johnny was at a family wedding and now we will never get to experience any of those happy times ever again with him. Johnny was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“The evidence has highlighted the danger of using knives and the tragic consequences that can result.

“We would like to thank North Yorkshire Police for the thorough investigation and our two family liaison officers. We would also like to thank Mr Waterman and Mrs Gillmore for the professional way they presented the case to the jury.”

 
 
 

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