Man Sentenced For Braintree Murder

20 February 2015, 12:32 | Updated: 20 February 2015, 12:34

A man who murdered a man in a flat in Braintree last year following a row over drugs is today starting a 23 year prison term.

Luke Eva, aged 25 and from Avondale Road in Leigh, was found guilty of killing Michael Haastrup by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier this week. His Honour Judge Charles Gratwicke, sentenced him to 23 years in prison today for the murder as well as sentencing him to 18 months in prison to run concurrently for possession of an offensive weapon.

Michael, 24, who lived in Southend, died in Broomfield Hospital after he was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife, following a disturbance at a flat in Cressing Road on April 16 last year.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hall, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, led the investigation into the murder. Speaking after the sentencing he said: "Luke Eva went to the flat that night armed with a knife. His actions had fatal consequences and he will be paying the price for those actions. He took away a young man’s life and he will serve many years in prison. This sentence will not bring Michael back, but will at least give his family and friends some solace that justice has been served.

He added: "This case illustrates the deadly impact that drugs and knife crime can have on families, societies and the local community.”

When sentencing Eva His Honour Judge Charles Gratwicke, described Michael’s murder as a "savage and brutal killing." He said: "You showed no remorse at the time or during the trial. You are a callous, dangerous and ruthless individual."