A murderer has been jailed after a Bolton man was left to die in his own home.
Approximately 70 injury sites that included fractures to his skull and ribs and bleeding on his brain led to 32-year-old John Baxendale’s death in September 2018.
John – affectionately known as Jonny by his family and friends – lay dying in his own bedroom in his flat on Aldersyde Street, Great Lever as a result of fatal injuries inflicted by David Hesketh.
In a presentation of the facts of the case, the prosecution detailed how Hesketh, 49, of no fixed address – a man who claimed to be Jonny’s best friend – attacked him in a fit of rage, accusing him of having an intimate relationship with his girlfriend.
After then turning his rage towards a 40-year-old woman, leaving her with fractured ribs, serious facial injuries as well as bruising and swelling, Hesketh escaped from the scene of the murder in a taxi.
Around three hours later, he returned to the scene where he was arrested on suspicion of murder.
When the case got to court, Hesketh, in an effort to minimise what he had done, pleaded guilty to Jonny’s manslaughter, denying any intent in his attack but with the overwhelming evidence put to the jury in court, they found him guilty of murder.
From today, Thursday 18 April 2019, he will serve the next 20 years in prison, at a minimum.
Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said:
Paying tribute to him, Jonny’s family, said: