Killer who stabbed 'vulnerable' men jailed for 40 years

Peter Brown
Image caption Peter Brown also strangled one of his victims

A "brutal and evil" killer who stabbed two "vulnerable" men to death in their homes has been given an indeterminate jail sentence.

Peter Brown, 42, murdered Darran Lancashire at his flat in Kimberley on 6 January and Brian Flaherty at his home in Lenton six days later.

Brown, of Nottinghamshire, hid the bodies and stole from his victims.

He was found guilty on Friday and given a minimum sentence of 40 years at Nottingham Crown Court.

However, he will only be released if a parole board is satisfied he no longer poses a threat to the public.

Mr Lancashire, 43, was found dead at his flat above the post office in Main Street, Kimberley, and 31-year-old Mr Flaherty was discovered at his home in Derby Grove, Lenton.

As well as being stabbed, Mr Flaherty had been strangled with a ligature.

Brown, of Main Street, Kimberley, had denied the murders but admitted carrying out a series of robberies and assaults in the Kimberley, Arnold and Netherfield areas in the days before the killings.

Image caption Both men's bodies were hidden at their homes after they were killed

Det Ch Insp Tony Heydon, who led the police investigation, said: "Both Darran and Brian were vulnerable people and Peter Brown took advantage of that.

"He killed them both in pre-meditated attacks purely because he could and without any provocation.

"It is my view that Brown would have gone on to kill other vulnerable people had we not arrested him.

"Throughout the investigation and the trial he has shown no emotion or remorse for what he did and his arrogance in court has been very noticeable."

Mr Flaherty's family described his murder as a "pointless act of brutal violence by an evil man".

They said: "He [Brian] was brought up with strong family values, which reflected in his everyday life.

"He never turned his back on anyone and would do everything he could to help others, especially vulnerable members of society."

In a statement, Mr Lancashire's relatives said losing him was "both devastating and heartbreaking".

They added: "A very deep sadness hangs over us from the moment we wake up in the morning until the moment we go to sleep."

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