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Two jailed for life after murder of North East dad Gavin Moon

Luc Barker and Brian Goldsmith, who have both been jailed for life. Credit: Northumbria Police

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a dad who was found dead in a flat after a double knife attack.

Luc Barker, 29, and Brian Goldsmith, 47, used a "large knife each" to murder 31-year-old Gavin Moon in an attack in January.

Both men denied murder but were convicted by a jury last week after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Gavin Moon, the father who was murdered in Washington Credit: Northumbria Police

The fatal attack happened at Barker’s home in Washington, where Mr Moon had been staying.

Barker, of Trafalgar Road, Washington, must serve a minimum of 16 years before he can apply for parole.

Goldsmith, of Wayman Street, Sunderland, must serve a minimum of 18 years.

In a statement released after the pair's conviction, Mr Moon’s family said:

Gavin’s murder has left a hole in our family that cannot be filled.

The trial of Barker and Goldsmith has been a painful process for our family to go through as we endured details of how Gavin came to die.

As a family we thank the jury for their verdicts in this case. No sentence can reflect the pain we feel as a family however knowing that justice has been served brings some comfort.

– Family of Gavin Moon

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, of Northumbria Police, spoke to ITV Tyne Tees about the duo:

He added:

This was a callous murder and the sentences reflect the gravity of the offence.

Barker and Goldsmith insisted their innocence throughout and that was the final insult to Mr Moon’s family, who had to go through the heartache and pain of losing their loved one all over again during the trial.

With an investigation like this, it’s always difficult for the family of the deceased – but it has been even harder for Mr Moon’s family given one of the defendants, Barker, had been a friend of the victim for some time.

Throughout the trial whilst insisting his innocence, Barker portrayed himself as a ‘best friend’ of Mr Moon when clearly his actions had been so heartless, leaving the victim inside the flat and not summoning assistance for 24 hours.

I hope today’s sentencing can give Mr Moon’s family some kind of justice, and I would like to thank them for their incredible bravery and cooperation shown throughout.”

– DCI John Bent, Northumbria Police