A coin collector who stabbed a fellow enthusiast to death – allegedly to steal his collection – has been jailed for life.
Danny Bostock, 33, knifed Gordon McGhee 17 times in his flat then tried to cause a gas explosion to destroy evidence, a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court was told.
Bostock, of Colchester, denied murder but was found guilty after a three-week trial, Essex Police said.
He was also found guilty of attempted arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered, the force said.
Today Bostock has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years.
Judge David Goodin described the killing which included a cut to Mr McGhee’s throat as “savage” and “murder most foul”.
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 August 22 last year, the court heard.