A man found guilty of murder after stabbing his victim 54 times has been jailed for 20 years. 39-year-old Thomas Kearney was convicted at the Old Bailey of killing 35-year-old David Remmer at the hostel they both lived at in Talgarth Road, West Kensington.
A post-mortem showed the victim had 54 stab wounds to his body, back and head. A large amount of cash - £3,000 - that David Remmer had been planning to take to on holiday to Thailand, was also missing.
A large blood-covered kitchen knife was found at the scene along with shoes Kearney had been seen wearing on the CCTV, also covered in David Remmer's blood.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Liz Baker said: "Kearney’s intent to kill is clear. The trial judge His Honour Judge Wide could not be sure that Kearney had murdered for financial gain.
"However he admitted that his first actions, after David died, was to search his pockets, take all the money that he had on him in readiness for his holiday and leave the building."
It is with real sadness that we have learnt of the tragic death of Stephen, one of our former students, over the New Year. Our thoughts, and the prayers of many within our community, are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Statement issued by the Foreign & Common wealth Office on behalf of the family of Stephen Ashton following his tragic death in Thailand on New Years Eve:
As a family we are completely devastated by the loss of Stephen from our lives. He has been taken away from us in such cruel and tragic circumstances in which he was an innocent bystander simply enjoying New Year celebrations.
We are comforted in the thought that he was having a fantastic time with friends after such a difficult period following the loss of his much loved dad who passed away from a brain tumour in 2011 and the loss of his granddad a few months earlier.
We were all so proud of him; he was a much loved son, brother, grandson and nephew. He will be truly missed by his family but also by the many friends he made during his life. We cannot comprehend how someone can carry out such a reckless act, giving such little value to human life.
We ask that our privacy be respected to allow us to grieve.