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Murderer jailed for a minimum of 36 years for stabbing Oldham man to death
Thursday 1st February 2018 @ 16:53 by Lee Wild
Crime News Oldham Town

An Oldham man who repeatedly stabbed another man to death over a games console and DVD’s has been jailed.

Michael Pickering, 31, of Coverham Avenue, was today sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Jonathan Herd. He was found guilty at Manchester Crown Square and ordered to serve at least 36 years behind bars.

The court heard how in the early hours of Sunday 30 July 2017, Pickering entered Jonathan’s flat on Lees New Road armed with a knife.

He approached Jonathan and demanded that he hand over personal property.  Pickering then proceeded to stab and beat him repeatedly before grabbing several items – including an X-Box – from the flat.

He then fled the scene to another flat after leaving Jonathan lying dead in his home.

On Monday 31 July 2017, Pickering used his victim’s mobile phone to order a taxi which drove him to a pawnbrokers in Oldham. He tried to sell the stolen items but the shop refused.

Police caught up with Pickering later that day and arrested him.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “This was a horrific attack on an innocent man whose life was taken away from him for the sake of an X-Box and a few DVDs.

“Jonathan’s family came to visit him the following day and walked in to find their loved one lay dead on the floor after being brutally murdered. No one should ever have to see that.

“Sadly there is nothing we can do to bring Jonathan back, but I hope today’s result goes some way to helping his loved ones grieve and come to terms with their loss.

“Justice has been served today and Pickering is exactly where he deserves to be – behind bars where he will have plenty of time to think about what he did.”