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23 year sentence for machete murderer

Credit: North Wales Police

Jordan Davidson, 26, will serve a minimum of 23 years and four months in prison for the murder of a vulnerable 67 year old man.

The Wrexham man who called himself the Devil murdered a retired restaurateur and described it as the greatest day of his life.

Davidson, who had earlier posed for a mobile phone picture with the murder weapon, a machete which he called “his new toy”, received life imprisonment at Mold Crown Court.

Mr Justice Clive Lewis ruled that he would have to serve a minimum of 23 years and four months years before he can apply for parole.

The judge said: “This was a brutal attack on a vulnerable, frail and defenceless old man.”

There was an intention to kill, he said.

That was clear from the nature of the weapon and the injuries caused with the machete.

Whether, if ever, you are safe to be released on licence will depend upon the assessment of the risk that you pose to members of the public after that minimum term has expired.

– Justice Clive Lewis

He received concurrent sentences for the other offences.

Davidson had gone on on a crime spree of robbery and burglary – and did not stop after he had murdered 67-year-old Nicholas Churton at his flat in Crescent Close in Wrexham.

He went on to rob and seriously injure a man in Chester, attacked a detective was interviewing him and then while on remand at Altcourse Prison slashed a prison officer with a make-shift weapon in revenge for reporting him for drugs years earlier.

Davidson was due to go on trial for murder and a series of other offences at Mold Crown Court last week.

But he pleaded guilty to the murder on March 23 – together with a series of 12 associated offences.

Nick Churton was disabled and had restricted mobility and was found dead in the living room of his flat after he had been attacked with a large machete and a hammer.

Prosecuting barrister Mr Andrew Thomas QC suggested that he targeted elderly men.

Nick was kind, loving, and an extraordinary character who enriched the lives of all who knew him. He will be forever in our hearts. We would like to thank those who have supported us throughout this very difficult time.

– Family statement

Between Wednesday 22nd March 2017 and Tuesday 28th March 2017, Jordan Davidson, aged 25, embarked on a catalogue of serious offending in Wrexham town and the vicinity which included the callous and calculating murder of Nicholas Churton, a 67 year old vulnerable man, who was attacked by Davidson in his own home during the evening of Thursday 23rd March.

Davidson committed further crimes including three robberies, serious assaults and house burglaries. Davidson was identified as a suspect for the murder and a huge manhunt took place to try and locate him.

When he was found in the rear of a vehicle on Tuesday 28th March 2017, he proceeded to attack arresting officers with a hammer. Furthermore, during his questioning, he attacked one of the interviewing officers and whilst on remand, having been charged with these offences, he stabbed a prison guard causing a significant neck injury.

The seriousness and level of offending clearly illustrates that Jordan Davidson is an extremely dangerous individual who was prepared to resort to horrific offending in order to fuel his chaotic drug addiction.

– Detective Superintendent Iestyn Davies, North Wales Police