Teenager jailed for musician's murder

A teenager has been sentenced to a minimum of 26 years in jail for the murder of a musician from Colchester.

Jack Hummerstone, 18, of no fixed address, was found guilty of the murder of Thomas Brittain following a three-week trial in September.

He was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

Jack Hummerstone, 18, was sentenced for murder. Credit: Essex Police

Another man, Andre Vella, now 20, from Kirby Cross, was sentenced to ten years in prison for aggravated burglary.

He was also sentenced to six years to run concurrently for possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit a criminal offence; a charged he admitted.

Andre Vella, 20, was sentenced for aggravated burglary. Credit: Essex Police

Tom Brittain, aged 26, was at a friend’s flat in Parkside Quarter, Colchester, when in the early hours of Saturday March 9, two men broke into the property brandishing a knife and a handgun.

Mr Brittain was assaulted and stabbed. The other people inside the flat managed to escape by locking themselves in another room but not before one man had been cut on the hand.

They called the emergency services and on police arrival, paramedics were trying to save Mr Brittain’s life. Sadly he died at the scene. The provisional post-mortem examination result showed that he died from a fatal stab wound to the chest.