Peterborough Man Jailed For Life

24 October 2016, 17:19 | Updated: 24 October 2016, 17:22

A Peterborough man has been convicted of murdering a historian and book dealer by stabbing him to death in his own home.

20 stone Michael Danaher, 50, killed Adrian Greenwood (pictured) in April after going to steal his £50,000 108-year-old first edition copy of Kenneth Grahame's classic the Wind In The Willows.

Mr Danaher had stabbed Mr Greenwood in the throat and chest. He suffered more than 30 injuries.

His right arm had been broken, possibly by being stamped on, the jury was told.

His body was found by his cleaner the following day.

Mr Greenwood, 42, was on a "clinical" spreadsheet list compiled by heavily-indebted Danaher, containing high-profile targets for theft, robbery and ransom demands, including supermodel Kate Moss and author Jeffrey Archer.

The defendant, from Hadrians Court in Peterborough, claimed at Oxford Crown Court he acted in self defence after Mr Greenwood attacked him when he went to buy books.

He also claimed the spreadsheet was compiled by a mystery man who he was afraid of, yet refused to name in court.

He nodded in the dock as the jury took less than three hours to find him guilty of murder after a trial lasting more than three weeks.

Judge Ian Pringle QC, handed down a life sentence for the April 6th killing and told Mr Danaher he will serve a minimum 34 years for stabbing his victim at least 16 times, plus numerous further marks made with a knife point.  

Family Statement

"Adrian Greenwood’s family would like to thank the police and the legal team for all their hard work, support and help during the last six months. The police have worked amazingly hard to solve this major crime, and the legal team also in bringing this case to court and obtaining a successful outcome.

We would also like to thank the jury for their concentration and time during this long trial.

We are very pleased that justice has been achieved for Adrian, with this conviction."