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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Man, 20, admits 2012 murder of Bradford grandfather Clement 'Butch' Desmier

Man, 20, admits 2012 murder of Bradford grandfather Clement 'Butch' Desmier

Man, 20, admits 2012 murder of Bradford grandfather Clement 'Butch' Desmier


A 20-YEAR-OLD man has pleaded guilty to murdering Bradford grandfather Clement 'Butch' Desmier who died in a "sustained violent assault," a jury was told today.


The Telegraph & Argus can now report that Nathan Jefferson admitted yesterday at Bradford Crown Court that he murdered Mr Desmier, 68, at his home in Rowlestone Rise, Greengates, on August 23, 2012.

On trial denying the murder charge, and two allegations of intimidation, is David Lawler, 33, of Bradford.

Opening the case for the Crown, Alistair MacDonald QC, told the jury that a neighbour saw two figures in dark clothing entering Mr Desmier's home shortly after 3am on the day he died.




His body was discovered more than 12 hours later by another neighbour, Karen Hutchinson, when she returned from work that afternoon.

The court heard that Mr Desmier did not usually lock his front door.

Mrs Hutchinson called out "Butch" a couple of times and pushed open the living room door.

"It was very dark in the room. The curtains were drawn and the only light came from a dull orange glow from a light on a table opposite the door," Mr MacDonald said.

"She then saw Mr Desmier sitting in a high-backed armchair. Again, she called out his name but received no response," he continued.

Mr Desmier was wearing boxer shorts and a tee shirt. His arms were across his chest and the right side of his head was in a pillow. He was cold and stiff and the emergency services were called.

Mr Desmier was confirmed dead at the scene and the area was declared a crime scene.

Drawers and cupboards were open and two cash boxes lay open.

Pathologist, Dr Johnson, who carried out the post-mortem examination, found a substantial number of incised and puncture wounds and bruising to Mr Desmier's legs and body.

A bone in the front of his neck had been fractured and there was evidence of forceful compression of the neck.

The court was told that Dr Johnson concluded that a cushion had been pressed against Mr Desmier's face, causing him to be asphyxiated in the course of an attack.


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