Life sentence for teenager who murdered Coningsby pensioner

Aiden Jackson
Aiden Jackson

A SLEAFORD teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Coningsby pensioner.

Aiden Jackson, 18, was sentenced today (Thursday) at Lincoln Crown Court to life with a minimum term of 12 years.

The Boston College student met 67-year-old David Cowley before strangling him.

He was found guilty of murder at Lincoln Crown Court on September 28.

The jury heard that Jackson, who was 17 at the time of the murder, led Mr Cowley into believing he was interested in gay sex with the pensioner in return for money and mobile phone top-ups.

They met at Sleaford Railway Station, and Mr cowley took Jackson to the Ballast Pits, in Sleaford in his Smart car between November 15 and 18 last year.

Jackson then strangled the old man who was unable to fight back because of his poor health, and took the victim’s car, together with his money, phone and ring.

Following today’s sentencing, Det Insp Dave Harrop said: “We hope this sentence offers Mr Cowley’s family some kind of closure on the matter.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the enormous amount of hard work carried out by my team and the CPS in securing Jackson’s conviction.

“We hope it demonstrates our determination to tackle serious violence in Lincolnshire.”

He added: “This sentence sends out a powerful message. Anyone who takes part in serous violence will be brought to justice and will spend a significant amount of time in prison.”

Jackson, of The Innings, Sleaford, had pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter.