Life for double murderer

A man from Boston has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 27 years, after being found guilty of stabbing to death a man and a woman in a row over rent.

Charlotte Piccaver was found dead in the flat she rented in April. Her housemate's boyfriend - Darren Harwood was found unconscious. He died later in hospital during surgery. Forty-one-year-old Mehmet Ozen was convicted of two counts of murder.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court was unable to reach a decision on a third charge of the attempted murder of another woman.

The court heard that Ozen was angry after discovering that Miss Wright had complained to the property owner about Ozen having asked her for more money, despite the fact that she had paid rent in advance.

Stabbed to death: Charlotte Piccaver Credit: Lincolnshire Police

The jury also heard that Miss Wright, Mr Harwood and Miss Piccaver, had been arrested 48 hours before the fateful night, accused of assaulting Ozen, but were later released without charge. Following that incident, relations between them continued to deteriorate, culminating in the final argument.

Mr Justice Flaux told Ozen he had carried out 'a deliberate, targeted revenge attack on two unarmed people when, in reality, there was no threat to your life'. He also told the families of the victims he had been "unbelievably impressed" with their dignity.