Dorset

Man jailed for murder of chef Glyn Helliwell

Glyn Helliwell
Image caption Mr Helliwell was taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital where he later died

A man from Bournemouth has been jailed for life after being found guilty of stabbing a chef to death.

Jake Brand, 22, of Parkwood Road, attacked Glyn Helliwell in the Southbourne area of the town early on 6 July last year.

Mr Helliwell, 42, from Poole, worked as a chef at a Southbourne restaurant. He was found seriously injured on Parkwood Road and died later in hospital.

Brand was jailed at Winchester Crown Court on Monday for a minimum 23 years.

Det Insp Stewart Balmer, who led the investigation, said: "The jury has agreed that Glyn, a well-liked man described as a gentle giant, was simply making his way home from the pub when he was viciously attacked without warning.

'Truly shocking'

"This was a cowardly attack by Jake Brand on an innocent man who had enjoyed an evening out with friends. Brand then stole his mobile phone, and remained in the area as his victim suffered on the ground.

"He refused to assist officers at the scene and the court has heard of his deliberate attempts to evade justice, not least by attempting to implicate others in the murder. This was a truly shocking sequence of events which is reflected in the sentence.

"Glyn's sad death is a clear reminder of the dangers of knives and I would like to make it clear that Dorset Police will use the full force of the law to deal with anyone who keeps such items about their person.

"Our thoughts go out to Glyn's family and friends at this difficult time."

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