Skegness ice pick killer sentenced to nine-and-a-half years for manslaughter

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A SKEGNESS man who admitted manslaughter has been sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court today (Wednesday) to nine-and-a-half years in prison.

Jamie Rawson struck Peter Schruyers three times with an ice axe at a flat in Wainfleet Road, Skegness, in August 2011.

Mr Schruyers (31) never regained consciousness and died five days later on August 15 at a hospital in Nottingham.

Rawson was originally charged with murder in relation to the offence but the prosecution accepted a plea of manslaughter last month after accepting his argument that he had ‘lost control’.

During an earlier appearance the court heard that the violent killing occurred after a bitter love feud developed between the two men.

Gorden Aspden, prosecuting, said both men had done the “dirty” on each other, and Schruyers suspected Rawson was working his way through his ex-girlfriends.

Mr Aspden had told the court: “Their sexual jealousy and rivalry had by now a corrosive and poisonous effect, something had to give.”

He added: “Jamie Rawson drew back the axe and hit Mr Schruyers with it. There were three blows, one to the back of Mr Schruyers’ left shoulder, one to the back of his left forearm and one at the back of the right side of his head.

“The spike on the axe smashed through the skull and penetrated into Mr Schruyers’ brain.”