Lancashire

Burnley stabbing murder: Two jailed over Keith Passmore's death

Gary Burley and Paul Howarth Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Gary Burley and Paul Howarth were sentenced to life after being found guilty of murder

Two men have been jailed for the murder of a Lancashire man fatally stabbed with a knife and scissors.

The body of Keith Passmore, 60, was discovered in Clifton Road, Burnley, on 10 January 2015.

Gary Burley, 45, and 49-year-old Paul Howarth were both given life sentences after being convicted following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Burley, of Herbert Road, Burnley, was also convicted of making threats to kill and will serve at least 21 years.

Howarth, of Clifton Road in the town, will serve a minimum of 20 years.

'Brutally beaten'

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Passmore died from multiple stab wounds.

Found slumped in a chair in the lounge of the property, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lancashire Police said he had been repeatedly stabbed and "brutally beaten with such force that he had broken facial bones".

Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Keith Passmore was found dead in a property in Clifton Road, Burnley, in January 2015

Police said Burley and Howarth had been annoyed with Mr Passmore because he had swapped a tablet computer for cans of beer rather than cash.

The pair attempted to clean his body in the bath before moving him to the lounge.

Burley was also found guilty of threatening Howarth's ex-partner after she saw Mr Passmore's body.

Det Insp Andy Cribbin, of Lancashire Police, said: "Keith Passmore died as a result of a violent, sustained attack and the weapons and force used to cause the multitude of injuries Mr Passmore endured was shocking.

"At no point has either of these men accepted any responsibility for Keith's death and their lies have resulted in his family having to go through the trauma of an initial murder trial and a subsequent retrial."

Mr Passmore's family earlier said he had "made friends wherever he went" and would be sadly missed by relatives and close friends in Burnley and further afield.

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