Homeless man’s killer given 38-year sentence
A 41-year-old man has been jailed for 23 years after killing a homeless man by setting fire to him and causing life changing injuries to another.
Stephen Newman, of no fixed address, was found guilty on 1 March for the murder of 41-year-old Job Wilding at Birmingham Crown Court.
He was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm for an assault on 33-year-old Craig Coterill. On Friday (22 June) he was sentenced to 23 years for murder and 15 years for grievous bodily harm. The sentences will run concurrently.
Mr Newman set fire to the lock-up garage off Gristhorpe Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham, where Mr Wilding and Mr Coterill were living on 23 July last year.
A nearby resident saw the smoke coming from the garage around 3.18pm and called the fire service.
Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, Mr Wilding died as a result of his injuries and Mr Coterill suffered life changing injuries after spending many weeks in intensive care.
Detective Inspector Buck Rogers, who led the investigation, said: ‘The sentence reflects what was truly an horrific attack on two defenceless men who were probably asleep at the time of the attack.
‘Why Newman decided to set light to both men is something only he will ever know or be able to answer.’