Two men who stabbed their friend to death in a sustained attack have been jailed for life.
Jordan Shepherd, 24, and Ashley White, 21, lured Sam Mechelewski, 20, to a secluded wooded area of Hinchingbrooke Country Park, in Huntingdon, on 31 January 2018.
They stabbed him to the throat and neck and assaulted him with a baseball bat. Sam’s body, which was later found to have more than 20 separate injuries, was discovered by a dog walker at 1.30pm the following day.
Today (28 January) at Cambridge Crown Court they were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. White will serve a minimum of 29 years and Shepherd 28 years and six months.
Shepherd, of Mayfly Close, Chatteris, and White, of West End, Brampton, admitted being in the area close to Hinchingbrooke Country Park with Sam, but blamed each other for the murder and denied individual involvement.
Ciara Ratcliff, 22, of Sycamore Drive, Huntingdon, was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
Cambridge Crown Court heard how Sam had been involved in drug dealing – particularly cannabis - with a notebook found at the scene linking him to both Shepherd and White.
On the day of the murder White and Shepherd were captured together on CCTV visiting Tesco, in Abbots Ripton Road, Huntingdon, where they purchased two black sweatshirts and two pairs of jogging bottoms.
At about 8pm Sam went to Sainsbury’s in Huntingdon and then visited an associate half an hour later before meeting White and Shepherd.
Between about 8.50pm and 10.30pm both White’s and Shepherd’s phones were inactive, believed to be switched off.
At about 9pm three figures matching the men’s description were captured on CCTV walking towards Hinchingbrooke Country Park.