Gay killer’s middle-finger selfie hours after murder
KILLER Ben Bamford posed for a selfie while flicking his middle finger hours after murdering a senior civil servant he met via the gay dating app Grindr.
Bamford ( above), then aged 17, had earlier used three knives to inflict more than 40 injuries on high-ranking HM Revenue and Customs official Paul Jefferies, 52, including slashing his throat.
Mr Jefferies, who reportedly advised ex-chancellor George Osborne’s Treasury team, was found naked with a tea towel over his head on his bloodcovered kitchen floor in Mayfield, East Sussex.
Lewes Crown Court heard that Bamford had sought to rob Mr Jefferies on February 23 after the teenager had built up drugs debts of around £400 which he was being pressurised to repay.
Bamford, now 18, of Crowborough, denied murder, claiming he was protecting himself from Mr Jefferies ( above) after he had “come on to him”.
After leaving his victim for dead, Bamford took his Audi TT car and picked up a friend en route to Eastbourne District General Hospital.
Covered in dried blood, Bamford posed for the selfie while flicking his middle finger as he lay in his hospital bed.
He admitted himself to hospital claiming he had self-harmed to avoid police involvement in the attack of Mr Jefferies, but later told his mother he had killed someone.
Bamford had met Mr Jefferies via Grindr some two years before the killing when he was 15, and resumed contact in December 2015 following a break.
Unknown to Mr Jefferies, by the time they met again Bamford was desperate for money to settle drugs debts.
During his defence, Bamford told the court he’d met Mr Jefferies in the hope he would give him money, as he had done so in the past.
Judge Mr Justice Spencer will sentence Bamford today.