A Bedford man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison today at Luton Crown Court after stabbing his buiness partner 14 times before hitting him on the head with an iron.
Barry Bell, 47, of Lindisfarne Priory Bedford, had been in the car financing business for many years. He had been introduced by mutual acquaintances to Gary Brown of Buntingford in Hertfordshire and the two became friends, eventually agreeing to go into business together.
But by April 2012 Bell owed Mr Brown £40,000. It included £15,000 which Mr Brown had given to Bell to buy a car for his wife – but the car never materialised and Mr Brown asked for his money back.
Bell made up a string of excuses about why the money hadn’t been paid, but agreed to go with Mr Brown, 53, to the bank to sort the matter once and for all. They met in Bedford and Bell got into Mr Brown’s car and they drove to the Broadway car park.
Once at the Broadway, Bell went to the back of the car, apparently getting change for the car park ticket, but without warning he produced a knife and stabbed the unsuspecting Mr Brown in the neck and the chest as he sat in the driver’s seat.
Bell was found guilty at Luton Crown Court last year of causing Mr Brown grievous bodily harm with intent, although he had been found not guilty of attempted murder.