'Alan Maidment had a previous conviction for killing a person, details of whic are not known, and was given a whole-life tariff.'
'Alan Maidment, 40, will die behind bars after being sentenced to a whole life term for murdering 47-year-old father-of-one Thomas Jones, at his victim’s flat in Richmond Court, Berry Street, Clifton.
Mr Jones was stabbed 32 times before his body was set on fire, on March 22, this year. Maidment initially confessed to police, saying he had committed the murder in revenge after hearing that Mr Jones had assaulted Natalie Strickland, a former girlfriend of both men. But he withdrew his confession and brought the case to trial, before a jury saw through his lies and convicted him of murder on Monday. The sentencing judge described Maidment as a ‘highly dangerous’ man who turned ‘vigilante’.
The court heard how after setting fire to Mr Jones’ body and endangering other residents, Maidment went to a petrol station to collect accelerant for the fire in an empty milkshake bottle he found in a bin. But firefighters had arrived by the time he returned.
Nearly two decades earlier, in July 1999, Maidment, then aged 22, killed 72-year-old Paul Carlson in his flat in Manchester. Armed with a hammer, he beat the man to death in the victim’s own flat, which Manchester Crown Court heard was also in a perceived revenge attack.
He was sentenced to life in prison but was released in June last year.'