A MAN who killed and dismembered his friend poses a ‘risk of serious harm’ to the public, according to judges who have upheld his life sentence.
David Hilder, 47, disposed of 30-year-old David Guy’s body parts using his bicycle.
He was jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years after being cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter in July at Winchester Crown Court.
Now an appeal for Hilder’s sentence to be replaced with a conventional jail term, from he would have automatically been automatically released from after serving half, has been dismissed at London’s Criminal Appeal Court.
Hilder and David Guy were friends who had known each other for many years.
Mr Guy lived in a camper van near Hilder’s Richmond Road home in Southsea.
The exact circumstances of Mr Guy’s death are not known, however the court heard he was stabbed between June 30 and July 3 2012.
Scrap metal dealer Hilder had used his bicycle with a box on the front to move his body parts.
Mr Guy’s head, arms some internal organs and genitalia were cut off and have never been found.
But his dismembered torso was found on Southsea beach wrapped in bin liners and a curtain on which hairs from Hilder’s cat were found.
The hairs matched Hilder’s cat and traces of Mr Guy’s blood were found at his home.
The court heard Hilder had a low IQ, a mild learning disability and had suffered from depression.
William Mousley had argued that Justice David Bean had been wrong to impose a life sentence, saying the circumstances in which Hilder killed Mr Guy were unlikely to be repeated.
But Lord Justice Fulford said Hilder poses a substantial risk of causing serious harm to others and the life sentence was necessary, given the nature of his crime.
Sitting with Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Judge David Griffith Jones QC, he said: ‘In our judgment, the judge was fully entitled to conclude that the appellant is dangerous, particularly in light of the circumstances surrounding Mr Guy’s death.’
The judge added: ‘Given the absence of any memory of these events, he has no insight as to why he killed Mr Guy.
‘Currently, he poses a substantial risk of causing serious harm to others, whenever he is depressed or in a low mood, and something happens that angers or unbalances him - thereby triggering an extremely violent reaction.
‘This is not a case where the circumstances in which this happened will never be repeated - at present, the risk from this appellant could potentially arise whenever there is a convergence of depression and such a trigger.
‘There is a wide variety of circumstances in which there is a real possibility serious harm can arise and, as a result, the level of danger he poses to the public means the test for a life sentence is satisfied.’