Coin collector ‘stabbed to death by fellow buff for his limited edition Beatrix Potter 50p pieces’

A COIN collector was stabbed to death by another enthusiast who wanted his limited edition Beatrix Potter 50p pieces, a court heard.

Danny Bostock, 33, was allegedly disturbed as he burgled the home of Gordon McGhee, 52, after the pair had been drinking together.

Gordon McGhee, 52, was stabbed to death in his own home after disturbing a burglar trying take his limited edition Beatrix Potter 50ps
Gordon McGhee, 52, was stabbed to death in his own home by a coin enthusiast who wanted his Beatrix Potter 50p pieces, a court heard

He knifed Mr McGhee 14 times in a “determined and brutal” attack, it was said — then turned on a gas cooker and lit a towel in a bid to start an explosion.

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson told Ipswich crown court: “He wanted to destroy Mr McGhee’s body and all traces of what he had done.”

Bostock allegedly wanted Mr McGhee’s Potter coins after ­swapping his own collection commemorating the author hours earlier.

Mr Jackson said: “After the murder, Mr McGhee’s coin collection, the bulk of it, couldn’t be found. We say it was this defendant who took it.”

The court heard that Bostock cycled away wearing a distinctive pair of Lonsdale trainers — later forensically linked to blood at the flat in Colchester, Essex.

His DNA was also said to be on the lit towel.

Bostock denies murder and at­t­empted arson. Trial continues.

The victim was found dead in his flat in Forest Road, Colchester, last August having suffered several stab wounds
The victim was found dead in his flat in Forest Road, Colchester, having suffered several stab wounds
The Royal Mint released four new limited edition Beatrix Potter coins last year
The Royal Mint released four new limited edition Beatrix Potter coins last year
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Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and a helpful mouse from The Tailor Of Gloucester were released between February and May 2018
Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and a helpful mouse from The Tailor Of Gloucester were released between February and May 2018
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Rare 50p pieces from a previous release in 2016 are selling for up to £840 on eBay
Rare 50p pieces from a previous release in 2016 are selling for up to £840 on eBay
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