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Chef jailed for life for murdering former councillor on Isle of Wight

73-year-old Gerry White was attacked at Lake Community Gardens in May.

A chef has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 25 years, for the murder of a former Conservative councillor who he attacked with a chainsaw before strangling him.

Jonathan Stasiuk, 60, of Sandown, Isle of Wight, admitted the murder of Gerry White who was killed at Lake Community Gardens on May 27.

He changed his plea as the case was nearing its conclusion at Southampton Crown Court.

Jonathan Stasiuk admitted to murdering Gerry White. Credit: Hampshire Police

The trial heard that the defendant attacked the 73-year-old following a "festering" dispute over "trivial" differences about the running of a charity farm.

Matthew Jewell QC, prosecuting, told the jury they were both trustees of the charity at the site set up for growing vegetables.

He said the pair had fallen out over a number of issues including claims by Stasiuk that Mr White, a publican, had used the site as a "dumping ground" for items for his business.

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Mr Jewell said the disagreement also involved a cheque paid to Mr White by the Rotary Club for £3,000 for a roof repair which actually cost £1,300, and a request for the money to be repaid.

Mr Jewell said Stasiuk, who has since been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, called 999 on the afternoon of May 27 and told the operator he had murdered someone.

The prosecutor told the court the defendant said: "His name is Mr Gerry White and I have just done him," before adding: "I am just going to make sure he is dead."

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Mr Jewell said police attended and arrested Stasuik, and the prosecutor added: "As he was being led to the police van, he said, 'I hope the bastard is dead'."

He said Stasiuk was interviewed by police, and added: "He admitted attacking Mr White, first of all with a chainsaw and then by strangling him until he believed Mr White was dead.

"He explained it was a result of a growing and festering dispute with Mr White which had led to his actions on that day."

Stasiuk said he chose the chainsaw because it was "the most formidable piece of equipment".

Mr Jewell said that Mr White died of compression to the neck and also suffered cuts to his legs. sentence Life minimum 25 years

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This was a brutal attack on a much-loved and respected member of the community.

"Jon Stasiuk shockingly acknowledged that he was the man responsible for killing Gerry White, and yet showed absolutely no remorse for his death throughout the entire process until his trial."

– Detective Inspector Toby Elcock, Hampshire Police