Man sentenced to life for killing former police officer
A man who beat a former police officer to death then burned his body on a bonfire after becoming obsessed with his wife has been sentenced to life in prison.
63-year-old Kenneth Bill was given a minimum 22 years in jail by a judge at Bradford Crown Court. Bill had lured builder John Hay to an industrial unit in Meltham near Huddersfield where he battered him to death then set fire to his body.
Mr Hay's wife had been having an affair with Bill but had refused to leave her husband.
PC Rodney Craig Mills has been found not guilty of causing death by careless driving.
I would like to extend my sympathies again to Jamie's family and friends. I have met his family and it is clear he was a well loved and popular young man. He had been enjoying a night out with friends and was walking hand in hand with them on his way back to his friend's student residence. It is a tragic example of the fragility of human life that one second he was enjoying life to the full and laughing with friends and the next he was dead. Pc Mills will have to live with what happened for the rest of his life. Jamie's family will have to live without a much loved young man.
A jury has decided Pc Mills is not guilty of a criminal offence and I must respect that decision. It remains for me to discuss with South Yorkshire Police whether Pc Mills should be subject to any disciplinary proceedings as a result of the findings of our investigation.
– IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long
The IPCC's investigation also determined that South Yorkshire Police's policy in relation to when officers should use emergency equipment was vague and open to interpretation. The IPCC has recommended that South Yorkshire Police review this policy.
PC Rodney Craig Mills has been found not guilty of causing death by careless driving. Bradford Crown Court heard he was driving his patrol car in Sheffield at nearly twice the speed limit without his lights or sirens on when he hit 19 year old Jamie Haslett, who died at the scene.