Threats clue in headless murder case

PUBLISHED: 10:24 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009

John Finney

John Finney

A MURDERED father who had his head and hands hacked off was receiving threats just weeks before his barbaric decapitation, police have revealed. Speaking exclusively to the WHT, a police boss told how Northaw man John Finney was being 'targeted' before hi

A MURDERED father who had his head and hands hacked off was receiving threats just weeks before his barbaric decapitation, police have revealed.

Speaking exclusively to the WHT, a police boss told how Northaw man John Finney was being "targeted" before his kidnapping on February 29.

The beheaded body of the 42-year-old was found slumped near garages in Ickleford two weeks after the abduction from his caravan home on Park Farm, Northaw Road West.

Detective chief inspector Bill Jephson, leading the investigation, also said that the severed head and hands have yet to be found.
 
He said: "At present nothing has been found but obviously we are still looking for his outstanding body parts.
 
"We are still trying to build up a picture of his life and at present we have an open mind.
 
"We do believe that he was receiving threats and this is something that has been planned.

"We also believe that he was targeted and must reassure the public that this is a one off."

DCI Jephson also spoke of his shock of the gruesome nature of the crime and said it was not typical of crime in the county.

"In regards to the motive we are keeping an open mind," he added.

"The current situation is that we are following a number of enquiries and we are pursuing a number of leads.

"Crimes of this type are very rare indeed in Herts as it's one of the safest places in the country.


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