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Brackley man sentenced to life imprisonment for brutal murder

A Brackley man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting murdering his childhood friend.

23-year-old Robert Field, of Old Town, pleaded guilty to the murder of Augustus (Gus) Davies at Northampton Crown Court back in January, on the first day of his trial.

Mr Davies, 23, was killed on Friday, 22 June 2018, and found dead at his home in Old Town, Brackley, three days later on Monday, 25 June, having suffered multiple stab wounds. A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of stab wounds to the neck.

Field appeared before Northampton Crown Court again on Friday (24 May) for sentencing. He was given a mandatory life sentence and will serve a minimum of 15 years and three months, minus the 299 days he had already spent on remand.

Field also pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property, namely cash from the proceeds of criminal conduct, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison to run concurrently.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Justine Wilson, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said:

“This was one of the most violent and despicable crimes I have seen in twenty eight years policing.

“Gus Davies and Robert Field grew up together. They were friends. They lived together in a rented studio. Somewhere along the way they entered into the world of drug dealing. They thought this would give them a better life, an easy, quick way to make money.

“What it brought was a deep-rooted hatred and greed. Field wanted to be the big drug dealer in Brackley. He wanted to eliminate the competition and be the big man. He killed him in the most violent and despicable way and although he pleaded guilty I have not seen one moment of remorse throughout the investigation, only self-pity.

“Whatever his choices in life Gus was a young man who did not deserve to be killed.

“This was an extremely complex investigation and I would like to thank all the police officers and staff, crime scene investigators, scientists and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers and barristers involved. Everyone worked with such determination and passion and it was this professionalism that left Robert Field no option but to plead guilty.

“Through all this devastating evil there has been a remarkable strength. The family and friends of Gus have shown great patience and courage.

“I cannot begin to imagine the pain they have and are still going through. I hope no-one ever has to either. But to them I would like to say thank you and I hope the end to this chapter will help them move on to the next.”

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