Crime

53 year old man found guilty of killing cemetery mourner

The Central Criminal Court.

The Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey. Image: LMMNews

53 year old John Nicholles has been found guilty of stabbing to death a mourner at the City of London Cemetery in the North Boundary Road.

In July last year 54-year-old Peter Charles John had been to a funeral service for his step father-in-law, with his wife and daughter.

After the service they made their way as part of the cortege to the burial site.

John Nicholles found guilty of manslaughter. Image: Met Police

John Nicholles found guilty of manslaughter. Image: Met Police

A cemetery worker came across Peter’s body, slumped near a gravestone.

Nicholles was connected to the crime by traces of his DNA.

City of London Cemetery and North Boundary Road. Image: Google Satellite.

City of London Cemetery and North Boundary Road. Image: Google Satellite.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones, who led the investigation, said:

Nicholles killed Peter in the middle of the day in a busy cemetery where they had both gone to pay their respects at a funeral. Throughout his interview he refused to comment or show any remorse, we are still not clear on why he took Peter’s life.

Peter was a loving husband and father. I hope that the conviction today goes some small way to helping his family come to terms with their loss.

Update Friday 24th April.

John Nicholles, 53, who stabbed a man to death at a funeral has today, Friday, 24 April, been jailed for nine years for manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

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