Raising his middle finger as he poses in hospital bed teenager pictured

first_imgA teenager who murdered a high-ranking civil servant after they met via the gay dating app Grindr posed for a picture in hospital while making an obscene gesture just hours after the killing.Ben Bamford, 18, inflicted more than 40 injuries during a “sustained attack” on senior HM Revenue and Customs official Paul Jefferies, 52, including slashing his throat at his country cottage.Mr Jefferies, who advised ex-chancellor George Osborne’s Treasury team, was found naked with a tea towel over his head on his blood-covered kitchen floor in Mayfield, East Sussex.After leaving his victim to die in a pool of blood, Bamford, then 17, drove to hospital in Mr Jefferies’ car for treatment to a hand wound and posed for a picture while raising his middle finger to the camera. Mrs Bamford told jurors: “I kept saying that I need to know what’s happening. And then he shouted, ‘I think I’ve killed somebody’.  “I had to ask him again because he was being very tearful and angry. I asked him again in disbelief – ‘what?’.  “And he said again, ‘I think I’ve killed somebody’. He then went on to his bed and laid there face down very upset and very tearful.”   Shocked at his claims, Mrs Bamford went online to find anything to support what he was saying  and she found a report of a suspicious death in Mayfield.  “I said to Ben, ‘We need to go to the police’ and he said, ‘Yes, I know’,” said Mrs Bamford. Paul Jefferies' home Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A knife found in the home of Paul JefferiesPaul Jefferies' home But a row broke out and Bamford seized a kitchen knife and stabbed the tax adviser more than 40 times.He slashed his throat and repeatedly stabbed him in the body before beating him around the head.Mr Jefferies was found lying dead in the kitchen of his cottage with a tea towel over his head after colleagues raised the alarm when he failed to turn up for work two days running.The jury was shown pictures of the blood-drenched Grade II-listed cottage.  Detective Superintendent Adam Hibbert said: “This was a horrific attack by a teenage boy who preyed on his victim with the aim of exploiting him for money.“The level of violence he inflicted on Paul Jefferies was extreme and then he himself fled from the scene in the victim’s own car.“He showed no remorse and indeed is smirking for a selfie photo taken around three hours later.” The home of civil servant Paul Jefferies in Mayfield, East SussexCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA A candlestick and blood on the floor of Paul Jefferies' home Det Supt Adam Hibbert outside Lewes Crown Court following conviction The court heard Bamford had “sought out” Mr Jefferies on the night of February 23 after he built up drugs debts of around £400.After the killing, Bamford took Mr Jefferies’ Audi TT car and drove to Eastbourne District General Hospital where he was admitted for treatment to his injured hand and arm.The court was told Mr Jefferies, who formed part of a team advising George Osborne on tax matters, had formed a relationship with Bamford after contacting him on Grindr.They had exchanged a number of messages beginning in June 2014 and they had arranged to meet.In the subsequent months, the pair had formed a relationship and had met up on several occasions both in Mr Jefferies’ home and his car, the court heard. Bamford, who first met tax adviser Mr Jefferies on Grindr, was found guilty of his murder at at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday and is now facing life behind bars.Bamford stood emotionless flanked by two dock officers as the verdict was announced by the jury foreman. His mother, Annmarie, broke down in tears as Judge Mr Justice Spencer adjourned sentencing until Wednesday.The jury was told Bamford had run up a large drugs debt and in the days before the attack had received a series of text messages from his drug dealer demanding he pay the debt.With just days to raise the cash, the teenager went to Mr Jefferies’ remote cottage in Mayfield, East Sussex, in the hope of getting money from him to help pay off the debt. Annmarie Bamford leaves Lewes Crown Court after giving evidence in her son’s trialCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Annmarie Bamford leaves Lewes Crown Court after giving evidence in her son's trialcenter_img I said to Ben, ‘We need to go to the police’ and he said, ‘Yes, I know’Annmarie Bamford Bamford, from Crowborough, told the court he had attacked Mr Jefferies with a knife in self-defence.He said the tax adviser was having sex with him and he had asked him to stop and he would not.He claimed he told him he had to use the toilet and went downstairs, but found all the doors locked and realised he had left his mobile phone upstairs.Bamford said he had grabbed a kitchen knife because he was scared and had gone back to retrieve his belongings. Ben Bamford A candlestick and blood on the floor of Paul Jefferies’ homeCredit:Sussex Police/PA But Jeremy Carter-Manning QC, prosecuting, said Bamford had specifically gone round to get money from Mr Jefferies. He said: “He was someone who was going to get his money. This defendant had to pay.”After he was discharged from hospital, Bamford had a row with his mother at home where he confessed to attacking a man in his home.His mother, a nurse, told the court how she was left “dumb-founded” after he told her he had killed someone as he recuperated at home following an operation for his injuries.   An image shown to jurors of knives in the sink of the victim’s Grade II-listed homeCredit:Sussex Police/PA Det Supt Adam Hibbert outside Lewes Crown Court following convictionCredit:David McHugh/Brighton Pictures  A knife found in the home of Paul JefferiesCredit:Sussex Police/PA Ben Bamford, pictured in a police custody image, is facing life behind bars after being found guilty of murderCredit:Sussex Police/PA The home of civil servant Paul Jefferies in Mayfield, East Sussex Ben Bamford is led into Lewes Crown Court in handcuffs by a security guardCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Ben Bamfordlast_img