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Coin collector killer jailed for life after stabbing over 50p coins

Danny Bostock (left) has been jailed for life for murdering coin collector Gordon McGhee in Colchester, Essex. Credit: Essex Police

A coin collector from Essex who stabbed a fellow enthusiast to death, to steal his collection, has been jailed for life for murder.

Danny Bostock, 33, knifed Gordon McGhee 17 times in his flat in Colchester then tried to cause a gas explosion to destroy evidence.

Bostock denied murder but was found guilty after a three-week trial and his been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.

He was also found guilty of attempted arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered. He has been jailed for six years for that crime.

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Prosecutors said Bostock stole coins from Mr McGhee's collection, which included limited edition Beatrix Potter 50p pieces, and added that the missing items have not been recovered.

Mr McGhee, 52, was found dead in the bedroom of his Colchester flat on 22 August 2019.

Judge David Goodin jailed Bostock for life for the "savage" murder, adding that he must serve 30 years in prison before he can be considered for release.

Bostock was "cool-headed enough" after the murder to search Mr McGhee's flat for the coin collection, which included limited edition Beatrix Potter 50p pieces, Judge Goodin said.

Danny Bostock, 33, knifed Gordon McGhee 17 times in his flat in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Truss, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "My thoughts are with Mr McGhee's family and friends at this difficult time.

"Gordon McGhee, by all accounts, was a well-liked man and his death was a great shock to everyone."

He said that Bostock's attack was "senseless and brutal".

Mr McGhee's family described the victim as a "kind-hearted, gentle soul", adding: "He found joy in a variety of things, from his coins to playing chess and watching films."

The murder victim, Gordon McGhee, was described as a Credit: Family picture

Addressing Bostock, Judge Goodin said: "He gave you one, two or three of them, duplicate coins of which he had more than one, in recognition of your own interest in that area so you could have it for your own collection.

"When he did that, sparking your immediate and keen interest, he sowed the seeds of his own destruction at your hands.

"You decided you could have that collection then in the early hours ... you went after it."

Judge Goodin said Bostock placed the lives of neighbours "at grave risk" by trying to blow up the flat.

He added: "This was a murder done for gain."