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Jonathan Stasiuk slashed Gerry White with a chainsaw sooner than strangling him

A chainsaw-wielding chef who murdered an ex-councillor over a „trivial“ feud has been jailed.

Jonathan Stasiuk slashed 73-one year-historical Gerry White with the facility tool sooner than strangling him on the Lake Community Gardens on the Isle of Wight in Could well honest.

The pair had been trustees of the gardens and had argued over how they had been bustle.

Stasiuk, 60, admitted assassinate fragment-manner thru his trial at Southampton Crown Courtroom. He became once jailed for life with on the least 25 years.

He had before all the pieces pleaded responsible to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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Mr White represented Lake North on Isle of Wight Council between 2009 and 2013

The court docket heard an announcement from Lee White, the victim’s widow, which said her husband had no longer deserved to die.

She added: „Intellectual what he went thru is onerous to endure. Lifestyles has changed and would possibly well well by no capacity be long-established but again.“

Possess Christopher Parker QC knowledgeable Stasiuk, of Sandown, his use of an „especially vicious weapon“ became once an irritating tell.

„You took [the chainsaw] intending at that time to decrease his legs off and to assassinate him,“ the take said.

„You had obsessed over your perceived, even when slightly trivial, grievances which is no longer going to have any foundation in anyway, to such an extent that you just allowed them to operate up into a construct of hatred.“

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Stasiuk became once pictured having a detect „relaxed“ and twiddling with a dog within the hours sooner than the attack, the court docket heard

The trial heard that Stasiuk, who had worked in pubs bustle by his victim, had a „festering dispute“ with Mr White.

Stasiuk developed an „entrenched hatred“ of Mr White, who served as a Conservative councillor on the island for four years, over „a range of grievances“, the court docket became once knowledgeable.

Giving proof, Stasiuk knowledgeable jurors he believed his accomplice had been bullied by his fellow gardens trustee and accused him of the use of the positioning as a „dumping ground“ for his replace.

He said following Mr White to the gardens with a chainsaw had felt „worship a movie“ and before all the pieces claimed he had no control over his actions.

Mr White had been a councillor until 2013 and became once the landlord of two pubs.

His son Des said it became once a „bitter irony“ that his father had been killed by somebody he had employed at both his companies and on the communal backyard charity.

„Jon became once one of many contributors that dad had helped all over his life,“ he said.

„He impressed folks to ranking issues for themselves and led by instance. It is a unhappy end for a man that soundless had so worthy left to present life.“

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Stasiuk susceptible a chainsaw to attack his victim in a miles-off fragment of the Lake Community Gardens

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