‘I will carry this pain in my soul’

Facebook picture of Murder victim David Guy

Facebook picture of Murder victim David Guy

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A FAMILY who saw their loved one’s killer get a life sentence for his ‘horrific’ death have revealed the impact it has had on their lives.

David Guy was killed by David Hilder between June 30 and July 3 last year, although the judge overseeing the trial admitted we may never know what sparked the brutal acts that followed the death.

Hilder, of Richmond Road in Southsea, cut up Mr Guy’s body in his flat before riding around Southsea on his distinctive bike with a large butcher’s box on the front, disposing of the dismembered body parts in the sea.

A jury of 10 men and two women at Winchester Crown Court took 17 hours and 42 minutes to find 47-year-old Hilder not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter by a majority of 10 to two.

Mr Justice David Bean sentenced him to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years.

Mr Guy’s torso was found on Southsea beach near The Pyramids on July 3 last year wrapped in a pink Wilko Kids curtain and a black binliner.

On July 6 his legs were found by police divers in the shallows close to Southsea Castle. The rest of his body has never been found.

In extracts of an impact statement read to the court, Mr Guy’s father, Michael Guy wrote: ‘In time I will come to terms with his loss, but it is the cutting up of my son’s body I can’t accept and I never will. Why would anybody want to cut him to pieces in such a manner?

‘I will never get over this and somehow I will have to carry this pain in my soul for the rest of my life.’

And his sister Sarah, who was at court for most of the trial, wrote: ‘David was not perfect or an angel but he was my older brother who was kind and caring with a big heart.

‘He was funny and always had a hug for me. Nobody had the right to take him away from us, especially in such a horrific way.

‘They say time is a healer, but I know I and my Dad will never be the same people we once were.’

The jury heard how the two men, with Hilder known as Big Dave, and 30-year-old Mr Guy, known as Little Dave, or Nick Nack, had been friends for several years, and the older man had looked after Mr Guy – lending him money and giving him somewhere to clean himself up.

Addressing Hilder, Mr Justice Bean said: ‘We may never know the exact circumstances of his death.

‘It seems likely that the two of you quarrelled, you had a sudden loss of control and stabbed him through the chest with a sharp blade causing him to die almost instantly.

‘Afterwards you mutilated and cut up his body. Some parts were never found.

‘I have read the moving impact statements of David Guy’s father Michael and his sister Sarah.

‘David Guy’s death, and its horrific aftermath have caused immense grief to them and all his family and friends. Their lives will never be the same.

‘The jury have convicted you of manslaughter. It is clear to me that this was on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

‘There was undisputed evidence that you were suffering from a learning disability, which in the view of both expert witnesses gave rise to an abnormality of your mental functioning. You are not mentally ill as such, but your ability to exercise self-control was and is substantially impaired.

‘There is no evidence that the killing was planned or premeditated, nor of the weapon used to kill David Guy having been brought to the scene. But a seriously aggravating factor is that after killing him you mutilated and dismembered his body.’

As the sentence was read out, Hilder remained emotionless in the dock.

Mr Justice Bean added: ‘I emphasise that the 12-year term is the minimum that you will serve. I am not ordering that you be released at the end of it. That will be a matter for the parole board.’

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