Investigators who solved ‘horrific’ murder welcome rejection of killer’s appeal

James Carbott, 31, beat Thomas Baird with a crowbar and stabbed him with a Stanley knife at his bungalow in Highfield, Hemel Hempstead
James Carbott, 31, beat Thomas Baird with a crowbar and stabbed him with a Stanley knife at his bungalow in Highfield, Hemel Hempstead

Police investigators who helped solve the brutal murder of a grandfather have welcomed news that an appeal to overturn his appeal was rejected.

The killer of 63-year-old Thomas Baird was denied the opportunity to reduce his minimum jail sentence of 27 years on the basis that he was not in his right mind.

At London’s Criminal Appeal Court on Tuesday, James Carbott, 31, of Epping Green in Hemel Hempstead also had his murder conviction upheld – his lawyers had previously argued it should be quashed in favour of a manslaughter charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Sharn Basra is part of the tri-force Major Crime Unit which helped bring about the conviction for the killing – which took place in March 2013 when Carbott inflicted multiple injuries on Mr Baird before setting his body and Westerdale home alight.

DCI Basra said: “This was a very serious matter in which a man lost his life following a horrific and sustained attack.

“The sentence passed to James Carbott originally reflected the gravity of the offence and I am pleased that the Court of Appeal have upheld this decision.”

At the time of Carbott’s conviction at St Albans Crown Court in February last year, officers from the Herts, Beds and Cambs Major Crime Unit were praised by the judge for their work on the murder case.

To read more about Carbott’s appeal being denied earlier this week, click here.