Four men who were found guilty of the murder of Lincoln man Sam Davies have been sentenced to a total of 97 years in prison.
They were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today (12th April) following a trial that lasted 13 weeks.
Sentencing is as follows:
Joe Jameson, 24, of Whitehall Terrace, Lincoln was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Daniel Heydari, 25, of Chestnut Street, Lincoln was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Eimantis Gochman, 20, of Sturton Close, Lincoln was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Billy Gill, 21, of Hatcliffe Gardens, Lincoln was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Detective Superintendent Richard Myszczyszyn, who led the investigation for the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “Our thoughts remain with Sam’s family and loved ones at this time.
We know that nothing can bring Sam back, but we hope this sentence brings some form of peace and comfort to Sam’s friends and family.”
Four men were today found guilty of the murder of Lincoln man, Sam Davies.
Joe Jameson, 24 of Whitehall Terrace, Lincoln, Daniel Heydari, 25 of Chestnut Street, Lincoln, Eimantis Gochman, 20 of Sturton Close, Lincoln and Billy Gill, 21 of Hatcliffe Gardens, Lincoln were found guilty by a jury of murder at Nottingham Crown Court.
They will be sentenced at a later date.
Three defendants charged with murder were today acquitted by a jury. They were Eric Kesel, 19 of Browning Drive, Lincoln, Charlie Wakefield, 21 of Broxholme Gardens, Lincoln and a 17-year-old Lincoln male who cannot be legally identified due to his age.
Our investigation began on Thursday, May 27 when we were called to Coleridge Gardens at 10.48pm. A 23-year-old man, who was later identified as Sam Davies, was found with suspected knife wounds at a property.
Officers arrived and a scene guard was put in place shortly after 11pm. The Ambulance Service also attended, and the court heard how paramedics performed open heart surgery on Sam in an attempt to save his life. Sam was taken to hospital but sadly succumbed to his injuries a while later.
Following a fast-paced investigation, five men were arrested within three days and subsequently charged. They were, Jameson, Heydari, Kesel, Gochman, and Wakefield.
After obtaining mobile phone data, data from Snapchat as well as the information gathered from the public as a result of media appeals, officers were also able to arrest and charge a further two males in connection with Sam’s murder. They were Gill and the 17-year-old male.
During the trial, the court heard how Gochman was waiting in a park between Coleridge Gardens and Browning Drive in the St. Giles area of Lincoln with a Rambo-style knife, which he used to inflict two deep stab wounds to Sam’s chest.
Detective Superintendent Richard Myszczyszyn, who led the investigation for the East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “Through diligent police work, we were able to work quickly to apprehend the men responsible for the death of Sam Davies. It was a fast-moving investigation that presented challenges for the team, but I’m glad that we were able to bring these men to justice.
“I would like to thank my team who have worked tirelessly throughout the investigation to relentlessly pursue the men who callously took the life of Sam Davies. I'd also like to extend my thanks to the local community for their support and for their assistance with our appeals and enquiries throughout the investigation.”
Rachael Dean, Senior District Crown Prosecutor from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “This was a brutal killing, ordered and executed in cold blood, with its roots in wider criminal activity.
“While there was overwhelming evidence that Gochman had carried out the attack itself, he was not acting alone, and these defendants are every bit as responsible for Mr Davies’s death as if they had wielded the knife. Joe Jameson and Daniel Heydari had a grudge and involved the rest of the group in exacting their revenge.
“Proving that involvement has been a long and complex process and I hope seeing those responsible for Mr Davies’s death will be of comfort to Mr Davies’s family and loved ones. I would like to offer them my sincere condolences for their loss.”
Police officers in Lincolnshire continue to work around the clock to reduce weapons and associated crime in the county through Operation Raptor – the force’s ongoing commitment to keep Lincolnshire as safe as possible.
Communities can help by being our eyes and ears and we urge residents to report any concerns to us, including if someone is in possession of a weapon or has made a threat to use one.
If you believe someone may carry a weapon or have one in their home, please report it to us by calling 101. If you suspect someone may be in danger, always call 999.
If you have information but don’t wish to speak with us, you can remain completely anonymous by making a report online to CrimeStoppers or by calling 0800 555 111.
Note to editors: The family do not wish to do any media interviews and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.