Machete killer Jordan Davidson will today be jailed for the murder of Nicholas Churton.
Davidson, 25, last week admitted killing the former wine bar owner in his home on March 23 this year.
Davidson will be sentenced for the murder, and 12 other offences, at Mold Crown Court today.
Last week the court heard how Davidson went on a crime spree in the days before and after the murder, using a claw hammer and the murder weapon, a machete, which Davidson called his "new toy".
He also bragged armed police would shoot him.
The 25-year-old made the claim in a series of text messages, Mold Crown Court heard.
Prosecuting barrister Andrew Thomas told the court how Davidson had sent a message to the girl, whom he later warned he was coming to get, saying: “I am on a wild one. Dis boy outta control. Woop woop.”
There were further messages: “Wat u guunna do wiv ya self wen iam gone?”
Asked what he meant he said: “Gone not around anymore finished dead. I’m guna make it guarantee u armed police are guna Av to finish me off.”
When the girl said they would not kill him and were just looking for him, he said: “Wat u think iam guna do wen dey come armed me self just guna run at Dem.
“Dey’ll shoot me double tap dead wen I run at them with da chette kid xxx”.
Jordan Davidson was eventually arrested in the early hours of March 29.
We will have live updates.
Four cops under criminal investigation over contact with murdered Nicholas Churton
Four police officers and one civilian member of North Wales Police staff are under criminal investigation about their contact with murdered Nicholas Churton. Mr Churton, 67, was killed with a machete and hammer at his flat on Crescent Close on March 23 this year, by Jordan Davidson. Today at Mold Crown Court the 26 year-old killer was told he must serve a minimum of 23 years and four months after admitting murder.
Machete killer locked up for 23 years for slaying of ‘vulnerable’ man in Wrexham
A killer who murdered a ‘vulnerable’ man in his Wrexham flat has been jailed for 23 years and four months. Davidson, 26, last week admitted killing former wine bar owner Nicholas Churton in his home on March 23 this year. Davidson was be sentenced for the murder, and 12 other offences, at Mold Crown Court today.
Four police officers and one member of police staff under criminal investigation
Four police officers and one member of police staff have been advised by the IPCC they are under criminal investigation and have also been served with gross misconduct notices.
IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “My thoughts remain with Mr Churton’s family and friends following his murder, and all those affected. Our independent investigation is progressing well and the four officers and one member of police staff have been interviewed by our investigators. Now the murder case has concluded, we will work to complete our investigation as soon as possible.”
The IPCC investigation began in April following a referral from North Wales Police.
A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.
Misconduct notices do not imply guilt but are to inform the officer that their behaviour and conduct are under investigation and the level of severity.
Such notices are not judgemental in any way, say the IPCC.
Independent Police Complaints Commission investigating North Wales Police's contact with murder victim
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has confirmed, following the guilty plea of Jordan Davidson, it is independently investigating North Wales Police’s contact with Nicholas Churton prior to his murder in Wrexham.
The investigation is looking at how police responded to and investigated an alleged robbery at Mr Churton’s home on Sunday March 12, and whether the force complied with national guidance and procedures on incident management and safeguarding.
Mr Churton reported to police on Tuesday March 14 that two days earlier, a man called “Jordan” had threatened him with a hammer and stolen his keys after he had let him into his home to use the toilet. Mr Churton told police he had changed his locks.
Officers spoke to Mr Churton on Tuesday March 21 about the incident and advised him to ask other people to help with identifying “Jordan”.
On Thursday March 23, Mr Churton again contacted the police and stated that he now knew the suspect to be Jordan Davidson. On Monday March 27, Mr Churton was found dead at his home.
Police statement outside court
Here’s a video of Detective Superintendent Iestyn Davies reading a statement outside court following the sentencing of Jordan Davidson.
Mugshot of murderer
North Wales Police have released this picture of Davidson.
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On the steps of the court, police describe Davidson’s offending as “horrific”. Say it has been a challenging investigation with “innocent lives” affected by the 26-year-old.
Davidson smirks as judge leaves court
Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm - for attacking prison officer with makeshift blade - six years.
Davidson smirking at the camera as Mr Justice Lewis leaves court.
Litany of offences
Grievous bodily harm (previous sentence was for the robbery of Mr Brown) for the GBH - six years.
For attempted GBH of arresting officer when Davidson was picked up - he tried to hit him with a hammer - eight years
Davidson faced a number of charges
For knocking pensioner down and threatening him with a machete - five years.
Aggravated Burglary - eight years.
Robbery and actual bodily harm of security officer using a hammer - eight years.
Possession of a bladed article - six months.
Burglary - two years six months.
For aggravated vehicle taking - six months and disqualified from driving for 15 months.
For count six, burglary - two years, six months.
For attempted robbery of Unique Hair Salon in Wrexham - four years
All these sentences will be served concurrently to the 23 years and four months.
Davidson sentenced to 23 years and four months
After one-sixth reduction he gets life with minimum term of 23 yrs 4 months. The rest of his terms will run concurrently.
Davidson 'intended to kill' Mr Churton
The judge says Davidson intended to kill Mr Churton:
“You intended to kill Nicholas Churton. The weapon was a machete. You inflicted numerous injuries. You intended to kill that defenceless old man.
“There was a degree of planning, or premeditation.
“I have considered the psychiatric reports with care.”
Davidson will face at least 25 years in prison
The judge says: “I stress this is the minimum term you must serve before being considered for release. Starting point is 25 years in prison.”
He is now going through aggravating features of the crime.
Davidson admitted murder
Judge continues: “Finally I note that you have pleaded guilty.
“A number of psychiatric tests were undertaken to see whether you were fit to stand trial.”
As Davidson was recalled to prison not time spent before trial will count towards his sentence
Davidson 'fit to plea'
Mr Justice Lewis: “1. All agree you are fit to plea and stand trial.
“2. You were not insane in the legal definition of that term when the crimes were committed.
“3. You have not tried to argue for diminished responsibility.”
Various experts disagree about the exact diagnosis of Davidson.
Davidson has 'number of previous convictions'
Mr Justice Lewis says Davidson has “a number of previous convictions” for burglary and possession of a knife.
He is now listing some of the mental health reports that have been completed on him.
Davidson is sitting impassively, listening to his crimes being recounted by Mr Justice Lewis.
At one point he smirks as Mr Justice Lewis recounts bad language from a text conversation. He is flanked by two prison guards and is appearing via videolink.
Mr Churton suffered broken ribs in the attack
“This was a brutal attack on a vulnerable, frail and defenceless old man.”
Justice Lewis recounts seven injuries to Mr Churton from the machete penetrating the skull. His hand was almost severed indicating, says the judge, “defensive injuries”.
He also suffered three broken ribs.
Davidson was armed with machete and hammer
“You had been released on licence.
“ Nicholas Churton has been a successful businessman.
“In recent years he had problems and was separated from his wife.
“He was vulnerable.
“On the evening of 23rd of March 2017 you went to Nicholas Churton’s flat.
“He opened the door to you. You had with you a machete and a hammer.
“You killed Mr Churton in the hall of his flat. You administered repeated blows to his head.”
His lordship Mr Justice Clive Lewis is now summing up. Court has resumed.
Police statement afterwards
It is expected that officers involved in the case will make a statement outside court after the sentencing hearing.
Mr Justice Lewis has retired to consider his sentence. He’ll be back at 12pm.
Davidson's offending is 'serious'
Christopher Tehrani QC: “In summary we contend Mr Davidson’s offending is serious and we would remind my Lord he should get credit for the guilty pleas and the mental disorder.”
Davidson now in Strangeways Prison
In response to defence mental health submission, Mr Justice Lewis says reports said they could not be sure Davidson was under the influence of mental illness. He says Davidson acccepted murder charge and not “advanced any diminished responsibility”.
Mr Tehrani QC says Davidson can be treated for his mental illness “with time and effort”.
Davidson is currently in Strangeways Prison, Manchester. He was previously in Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.
Mr Tehrani says they are trying to get to the bottom of why he was moved.
Defence says Davidson didn't go to house with intent to kill
Mr Tehrani says the defence accepts Davidson went up Mr Churton’s house to commit crime but not to kill him.
Davidson has 'major, major psychiatric disorder'
Christopher Tehrani QC: “We submit that when deciding what the correct starting point is we ask you to bear in mind this major, major psychiatric disorder this young man has been suffering with from a young age.”
Davidson suffers from 'mental disorder'
Davidson’s counsel Christopher Tehrani QC is arguing that Davidson suffers from a mental disorder although he says it is not “clear cut”.
The assessment of a consultant psychiatrist is that Davidson has a “neuro-developmental psychiatric disorder”. He also said it was unlikely Davidson would have behaved as he did without an “underlying” mental health problem.
Davidson appears via videolink
Davidson has black hair and a black beard and moustache and is wearing a grey sweatshirt. He has been laughing and joking with prison officers.