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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for St Annes murder

November 19, 2012, 4:42 pm

A Blackpool man has today (19th November) been sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to the murder of a 53 year old man in St Annes earlier this year.

Jason Brookes, 23, of Elizabeth Court, Blackpool has been told he must serve a minimum of 18 ½ years after admitting to the murder of Andrew Boardman when he appeared at Preston Crown Court last month.

At 11pm on Saturday, June 30th officers were called to a flat on Glen Eldon Road after reports that a man had been seriously assaulted.

On arrival police patrols found Andrew Boardman unconscious having sustained significant injuries to his face and body.

“This was one of the most violent and brutal murders that I have ever seen.”

He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but his condition deteriorated and he died shortly after 6am on Sunday 1st July. A post-mortem examination concluded that he died from multiple injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Simm from the Force Major Investigation Team said, “This was one of the most violent and brutal murders that I have ever seen and I am pleased that Jason Brookes is now behind bars for life.

“On the night of Mr Boardmans murder Jason Brookes had been out drinking with his girlfriend and had been involved in numerous confrontations with people in St Annes.

“He was intent on becoming embroiled in a fight that night and sadly Andrew was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was subjected to a violent and sustained attack in which he was beaten to death without any provocation.

“Brookes attacked Mr Boardman with three separate weapons as well as kicking, stamping on and punching him whilst unconscious and incapable of defending himself. Mr Boardman sadly died as a result of the appalling injuries inflicted upon him.

“Brookes horrified girlfriend witnessed this murder and her bravery in producing evidence was crucial to the case.

“Andrew Boardman was a loving husband and father of two girls and I hope todays sentence will help them to move forward with their lives.”

Above: Guilty, Jason Brookes

Below: Andrew Boardman

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