Three men jailed for a total of 54 years for St Austell murder

Three men have today, Friday 28 July, been sentenced to a combined total of 54 years imprisonment for the death of 31-year-old Stephen Bull

Daniel Altass, 22, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 27 years minimum in prison. Joshua Buscombe, 24, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 19 years minimum and Jordan Bishop, 21, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years.

The court heard how Stephen Bull was a vulnerable man residing at Cosgarne Hall, St Austell, as did Daniel Altass.

The murder hit the headlines in January and the local MP Steve Double called for the homeless shelter to do more to control it’s residents.

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Both Buscombe and Bishop denied their charges but were convicted at Truro Crown Court yesterday [Thursday 27 July].

Stephen left Cosgarne Hall at around 2.40am on Wednesday 11 January 2017 voluntarily with Altass, Buscombe and Bishop, believing that they were going to purchase alcohol.

Minutes later the three men returned to the Hall without Stephen.

Stephen Bull’s body was located at approximately 5.10am later that morning [Wednesday 11 January] within the recreational park located on Truro Road in St Austell.

Stephen had sustained multiple stab injuries to the head, back, arms and neck. A large kitchen knife, 31.5cm in length, was still protruding from his body.

Detective Inspector Gail Windsor, senior investigating officer, said: “We welcome the verdict and the sentence in this case.

“Throughout this investigation and trial both Buscombe and Bishop denied their involvement despite the evidence.

“I would like to thank the investigation team for their hard work on this case and the staff and residents of Cosgarne Hall who supported and assisted the investigation.

“It is their continuous co-operation that helped us to build the case.

“Our thoughts are with Stephen Bull’s friends and family and we hope that today’s verdict brings some comfort that justice has been done.”