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Man jailed for brutal knife murder of co-worker

David Squelch
David Squelch

A lorry driver has been jailed for life for the murder of a colleague who had questioned how he was dealing with the death of his mother.

David Squelch, 48, of Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent, UK, was sentenced to serve a minimum term of 22 years at Canterbury Crown Court for the murder of James Wallington, who he stabbed 14 times in just 15 seconds at a recycling centre in Tunbridge Wells on March 9 last year.

He then walked into the site office and told a foreman what he had done.

A Kent Police spokesman said that the pair had previously fallen out following the death of the defendant's mother in the summer of 2014.

He said: "Mr Wallington had made a comment about the manner in which David Squelch had handled his mother's death, suggesting it was time to move on.

"Squelch had punched Mr Wallington but the incident went no further, was never reported to the police and the pair appeared to have made up.

"The two continued to work together, having seemingly resolved their differences, but after attacking Mr Wallington, Squelch was heard to say 'She's dead, now he's dead'."

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Pledger said: "This was a vicious, and sustained attack and once Squelch had killed the victim he calmly waited for the police to arrive.

"Squelch appears to have struggled to cope with the grief of losing a loved one. However, he has now inflicted the same grief on another family, by senselessly murdering Mr Wallington."