A man who killed his life-long friend and left his body in bloody bath water for two weeks has been jailed.
Jamie Lomax, 41, was jailed for 17 years and two months after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of his friend Dean Sawyer.
Bristol Crown Court heard how Lomax attempted to cover his tracks after killing Mr Sawyer by calling the police and even leaving a voicemail on the dead man’s phone.
Lomax called cops to his victim’s Bristol flat in November 2017, claiming he had found a body.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Mr Sawyer lying in a bath of bloody water with several head injuries.
The consequent murder investigation found that Lomax had in fact attacked his friend with an axe-like implement and left him for dead, the Bristol Post reported.
He even left a voicemail on his dead phone’s friend in which he said: "Seriously, mate, you’re doing my f***ing head in now. Ring me, please, so I know what’s going on."
Lomax then returned to the flat 13 days after the killing and called 999, claiming he had found his friend’s body.
In the 999 call, Lomax said: "We came into the flat and found him dead in the flat. I’m Jamie Lomax. He’s in the bath.
"Me and his friend found him. I don’t know when he died. Someone said they seen him last Sunday.
"All his medication is still on the floor. His name is Dean Sawyer."
But forensic pathologist Dr Deborah Cook, who carried out the post-mortem of the body, noted multiple head injuries.
Due to the body’s decomposition, there was also no evidence of toxic drug levels and inconclusive evidence as to whether he drowned.
The death was recorded as unascertained.
The court heard that Mr Sawyer and Lomax worked closely, with Lomax’s Big Issue-style street magazine based nearby to Mr Sawyer’s cash-for-gold business.
Tensions arose between the two men over several months and Lomax was heard saying he wanted to "bring Dean Sawyer down".
Lomax attempted to persuade police that others were responsible for harming him by suggesting Mr Sawyer did business with "naughty people".
There was even evidence that he sold his dead friend’s Rolex watch for cash.
Andrew Langdon QC, defending, said Lomax had acted "totally out of character".
He said: "Having attacked his friend, and to his eternal shame, he simply left. He started to panic and he sought to cover up what had happened."
Judge Nicola Davies told Lomax: "The prosecution accepts it was not pre-meditated.
"But you must have, you should have, known there was a high degree of serious injury or death when you threw an axe at his head and deliberately struck him again at least once.
"You must have been aware he was particularly vulnerable as a result of years of drug abuse."
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