Jail sentence for man who drove killer away from crime scene

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 April 2018

Churchill Close, where Hobbs lived.

Churchill Close, where Hobbs lived.

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A man who drove a killer away from the scene of the crime has been jailed for perverting the course of justice.

Dominic Lacey was sent to prison for eight years in February after killing Joseph Pearce in a house in Burnham-on-Sea.

The crime was committed in James Hobbs’ flat, in Churchill Close, in July 2017, after Lacey and Mr Pearce got into a disagreement.

Lacey stabbed Mr Pearce in the chest.

After the attack, Hobbs, aged 44, drove Lacey to a taxi rank, unaware Mr Pearce was dying.

Hobbs appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Friday, charged with perverting the course of justice.

He has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting the offence.

Mr Pearce’s family said in a press statement earlier this year: “Joe’s untimely death has left his whole family devastated.

“He was a much-loved son, father, brother, nephew and friend to so many people.”

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