A COIN collector has been found guilty of murdering a fellow enthusiast for the rare Beatrix Potter 50p and trying to hide the crime.
Danny Bostock, 33, attacked Gordon McGhee, 52, in his Essex home – stabbing him 17 times in a brutal onslaught.
He then turned on a gas cooker and left a dish cloth burning in a hallway in an attempt to blow up the building and destroy all evidence.
He denied the killing in Colchester, but was today found guilty of murdering Mr McGhee, and will be sentenced later this month.
Bostock was also convicted of attempted arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.
A post-mortem examination on Mr McGhee, who had limited mobility, found he had injuries to his hands and arms that showed he had tried to defend himself during the attack.
A jury at Ipswich Crown Court heard how Bostock was captured on CCTV at around 4.30am on August 22 last year fleeing the murder scene on his bike.
But Mr McGhee’s blood was found on the murderer’s bike and footprints of trainers Bostock had on were traipsed around the flat
When Mr McGhee was found dead his collection of rare coins, including rare special edition 50p pieces with Beatrix Potter characters, had disappeared.
Jurors heard Mr McGhee had offered Bostock some of his spare collectables in the weeks before his death.
As a partner and friend he was loyal, generous, empathetic and witty.
Gordon McGhee's family
The court heard that Mr McGhee spent the evening before his death drinking in a courtyard at his block of flats with two neighbours, another man and Bostock.
Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said: “You may think this brutal stabbing in the early hours of the morning was this defendant’s chance to get his hands on Mr McGhee’s coin collection.
“After the murder, Mr McGhee’s coin collection, the vast bulk of it, couldn’t be found. We say it was this defendant who took it.”
Mr McGhee’s devastated family paid tribute to the gentle soul.
They said in a statement: “Gordon was a kind-hearted, gentle soul. As a dad he was thoughtful, supportive, encouraging and a whole heap of fun and laughter.
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“As a partner and friend he was loyal, generous, empathetic and witty.
“He found joy in a variety of things from his coins to playing chess and watching films.
“Most of his life was spent in the kitchen cooking up something amazingly tasty or outside relishing in nature.
“You could usually find him by a pond or lake relaxing doing some fishing, bird-watching and camping. More often than not, he’d be accompanied by one of his dogs.”
DCI Stuart Truss, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, slammed Bostock for trying to frame another, innocent, man for the murder.
“My thoughts are with Mr McGhee’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“Gordon McGhee, by all accounts, was a well-liked man and his death was a great shock to everyone.
“I don’t believe that Bostock shows any remorse at all for taking Mr McGhee’s life.
“His continued lies, including trying to pin the murder on an innocent man and his denial of owning the trainers that we knew were key to this investigation, show that.
“His attack on Mr McGhee was senseless and brutal. He is an incredibly dangerous man and I hope he is sent to prison for a long time.”
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