Wednesday, 31 December 2008

The Murder of Ian Jenkins

On 8 August 2003, Ian Jenkins was pronounced dead in hospital, after he was attacked at his home in the Bilston area of Wolverhampton.

Ian was stabbed and slashed 18 times and suffered multiple knife wounds to his face, neck and chest.

Jerry Williams, a crack addict, murdered Ian just hours after he had kidnapped and raped a woman who witnessed the scene. Williams had picked up a woman in Birmingham and raped her at knifepoint before driving her to Wolverhampton and forcing her to cooperate into a sex for drugs deal with Ian.

However, after hearing of her ordeal, Ian took pity on her and declined to go along.

Williams, who imagined that Ian would give him drugs in exchange for sex, left and returned a few minutes later. But when Ian barred his entry and told him the deal was off, he burst in through Ian's front door and killed him.

The woman fled the flat, whilst a neighbour of Ian's tried to intervene and was slashed himself. Police and paramedics found him collapsed on the floor with blood spattered over the walls, floors and furniture.

The prosecutor at Williams' trial said:

"Mr Jenkins declined to have sex with her and in effect, we say, became her protector. That probably sealed his fate that night and led to his death. He had many, many wounds."

Williams, who was previously known as Eugene Saunders, denied murder, kidnap, rape, attempted robbery and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Williams claimed in police interview that he had only been involved in a fist fight with Ian but Mrs. Justice Cox said:

"I reject entirely any suggestion you were acting in self-defence. Some of the wounds were almost to the depth of the blade, penetrating the heart and lungs."
The jury found him guilty and he was jailed for twenty five years.

After the trial was over it became clear why Williams received such a hefty sentence.

Having served a 12-year sentence for four rapes, he was released from prison without any supervision just one month before he killed Ian.

Joycelyn Brooker, a witness who helped convict Williams after she escaped from him in 1991, told BBC Midlands Today.

"When the police said he was being released I was angry, also I was very scared of living in this area... But police assured me there would be some injunction against him to prohibit him from coming near me, which put my mind at rest for a while, but I was still looking over my shoulder.

He is an evil man not satisfied with attacking men or women - it could have been children next. I was angry that he was let out at all. I've spoken to a number of police officers about it who are also angry that Saunders was released; life should mean life."

Before he was imprisoned for the rapes, Williams had served sentences for wounding, living off immoral earnings and robbery.

He was actually released in 1999, and lived in a bail hostel, and was one of the first people to be electronically tagged.

However, was sent back to prison within three weeks having broken the terms of his release.

Mike Tennant from West Midlands Probation Service said:

"We were concerned about this man; we were aware that he was dangerous and that he would probably continue to be dangerous."

Nevertheless, the West Midlands Probation Service released a statement saying that were satisfied 'reasonable steps' had been taken in the case of Eugene Saunders.

Reasonable steps.

In England, in 2004, when a man is murdered and a woman raped, no one turns a hair at a statement such as this.

This is the face of Jerry Williams, crack-addict, career criminal, rapist and murderer.

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