Jurors were shown a selfie picture of Bamford flicking his middle finger while lying on his hospital bed after he was admitted, having claimed he had self-harmed so the police would be not called.Mr Justice Spencer told Bamford: "In total you inflicted in excess of 40 knife wounds to the head and body of Paul Jefferies with at least three knives."They included stab wounds to his face, close to the right eye and to his forehead where the knife scored the skull."He added: "The overall attack must have lasted several minutes, during which time he was conscious and mobile."You must have realised by the end that he was fatally injured.
After leaving Mr Jefferies for dead, Bamford took his Audi TT car and picked up a friend en route to Eastbourne District General Hospital.
PLEASE NOTE HAND GSTURE Sussex Police undated handout photo of Ben Bamford posing for selfie photo shortly after the murder. Bamford, 18, inflicted more than 40 injuries during a “sustained attack” on senior HM Revenue and Customs official Jefferies, 52, including slashing his throat. Photo credit should read: Sussex Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.
You placed a tea towel over his head and shoulder as he lay dying on the floor, probably because you could not bear to look at what you had done."The judge said Bamford's account of what happened only revealed "a fraction of the truth".
He went on: "The reality is that you must have stabbed him many times in the bedroom, in an outburst of extreme violence, as the photographs clearly demonstrate."Precisely what triggered that outburst we shall never know unless and until you choose to disclose it. It may have been to do with money."Mr Justice Spencer said it was in the kitchen where "the final merciless carnage took place", adding that Mr Jefferies said and did nothing to "excuse or explain" the killing.
Text exchanges between Bamford and a drug dealer were read in court.