Gay killer’s mid­dle-fin­ger selfie hours after mur­der

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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.

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