Trio given 37 years for manslaughter

Police tape off the crime scene following the murder last year
Police tape off the crime scene following the murder last year

Three defendants in the murder trial have been caged for the combined total of 37 years for the death of tragic Scarborough man Jonathan Binns.

David White, Jim Cousins and Nicolas Polihronos have been found guilty of manslaughter, but cleared of his murder by a jury at Leeds Crown Court.

White, 34, of Queens Terrace, Scarborough was cleared of murder but convicted of the manslaughter of Mr Binns by a 10-2 majority and admitted robbery.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for those offences with four months consecutive for supplying drugs to his girlfriend while she was in prison.

Nicholas Polihronos, 31 of Stoney Haggs Place, Scarborough, was also cleared by the jury of murdering Mr Binns but convicted of his manslaughter by a 10-2 majority and unanimously found guilty of robbery. He was jailed for a total of 12 years.

Jim Cousins, 31 of Woodlands Place, Manchester, was also jailed for a total of 12 years after he was acquitted of murder but convicted by an 11-1 majority of the manslaughter of Mr Binns and unanimously of his robbery.

They will join knifeman Kevin Pickering in prison, after the killer was given a life sentence for the brutal murder last August 7.

The Royal Crescent murderer, 30, will spend at least 23 years behind bars after the judge handed the tough sentence down on him for the killing.

The jury heard the quartet had gone out looking for drugs on the evening of August 7 and after Pickering had been beaten up on a previous day by some Scouse drug dealers he planned violence to them if he encountered them.

But when they arrived at the flat of Gary Thomas in Eastborough the only visitor was Mr Binns, who worked as a production operative in Scarborough.

He had just smoked some heroin and when it was realised he had some drugs he became the robbery target chosen by the visiting drug users.

Binns’ family said after the sentencing they considered the events on that fateful night to be “cowardly” and carried out in a way that was “cruel, wicked and so totally unnecessary”.