MURDER TRIAL: Police reflect on ‘tragic’ double murder

Mehmet Ozen
Mehmet Ozen

Lincolnshire Police say the Boston double murder was a ‘tragic event’ that shows the danger of knives.

Speaking after last week’s verdict Det Chief Insp Martin Holvey, who has lead the investigation, said, “This tragic event started out as an argument over rent and ended with two young people losing their lives in a violent attack.

“Mr Harwood suffered four fatal stab wounds and Miss Piccaver received two, with Miss Wright suffering three knife injuries. This again brings into the public domain, the danger of knives, sadly leaving two families without their loved ones this Christmas.

“It has been a difficult investigation but the committed work of officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit - Major Crime and Lincolnshire Police has resulted in today’s guilty verdict.”

Mr Justice Flaux also praised Lincolnshire Police for a ‘most impressive job’, saying: “You have displayed exemplary conduct - from presentation in court to the preparation behind the scenes - and I will formally commend you to the Chief Constable.”

Mehmet Ozen, 41, of Red Lion Street, Boston, was found guilty of the murders of Charlotte Piccaver and Darren Harwood on April 21 this year.

He will face a life sentence with a minimum of 27 years behind bars.