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Lincolnshire ice pick killer has prison term cut by one year on appeal

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

Jamie Rawson

SENTENCE REDUCED: Jamie Rawson from Alford, who admitted killing Peter Schruyers with an ice axe, has had his sentence for manslaughter reduced by a year in the Court of Appeal.

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AN Alford man who was jailed for killing a friend with an ice axe has had his jail sentence cut by one year.

Jamie Patrick Rawson, 22, of Willoughby Road, Alford admitted the manslaughter of 31-year-old Peter Schruyers, who died five days after he was injured in a fight between the pair.

In September, he was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court to eight years in jail for the killing, with another 18 months consecutive for unrelated theft and assault offences.

His sentence for manslaughter has now been reduced to seven years by the Court of Appeal, giving him a total of eight-and-a-half years imprisonment.

Mr Justice Keith said Rawson should have been given credit for eventually pleading guilty to what he had done.

The Court of Appeal heard Rawson and Mr Schruyers had been close friends, but had fallen out after an argument about women.

On August 10, 2011, Mr Schruyers and another man went to see Rawson at a flat where he was visiting friends in Wainfleet Road, Skegness.

Mr Schruyers had a small baseball bat and, after forcing his way into the flat, a fight between the pair began, resulting in him suffering serious injuries.

None of the witnesses admitted seeing Rawson use the mountaineers ice axe, but Mr Schruyers suffered wounds to his arm, shoulder and head, and died five days later.

Rawson appealed on the basis that the crown court judge should not have refused to give him any credit at all for pleading guilty to the crime.

Before his trial, he had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter due to loss of control, but the prosecution had refused to accept his basis of plea.

However, he had not actually entered a plea to manslaughter until the trial was stopped and a second was in the offing, the court heard, meaning the second trial did not have to take place at all.

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