LIFE: Aylesbury crossbow killer will spend at least 24 years behind bars

Russell Gill
Russell Gill

Russell Gill has been given a life sentence for murdering Darrell Farnham by shooting him with a crossbow in Aylesbury.

A judge at Reading Crown Court recommended Gill, 42, spend a minimum of 24 years behind bars.

Darrell Farnham

Darrell Farnham

Earlier today, Gill, of Lavender Walk, was found guilty of murdering Mr Farnham, 44, in Belgrave Road on June 23.

After more than nine hours of deliberation, the jury reached a majority verdict of 10-2.

Judge John Reddihough told Gill: “There is no justification whatsoever for the drastic steps you took to end his life.

“You took a lethal weapon and pointed it at the deceased’s chest and killed him.

“The sentence has to be one of life imprisonment and I have found you must serve a minimum period of 24 years before you can be considered for release on parole.”

The judge compared a crossbow with a firearm, telling Gill: “In my judgement it is akin to a firearm if used at short range as was the case here.

“A bolt fired at somebody’s chest with a crossbow is really not dissimilar to the effect of firing a gun at somebody’s chest.”