Michael Andrew Goddard, 51, of Steven Close, Chapeltown was today jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years after being found guilty of the murder of Glenn Boardman following a nine-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
In the early hours of Tuesday 26 June, Goddard made a 999 call to Police saying he had heard his neighbour, 60-year old Mr Boardman shouting and sounding distressed.
He went on to tell Police he had gone downstairs to Mr Boardman’s first floor flat and found him lying unresponsive on the floor.
Officers were immediately deployed to the cul-de-sac where both Goddard and Mr Boardman lived and found Mr Boardman on his bedroom floor, with significant knife injuries to his neck and stab wounds to his back.
Goddard spoke to officers at the scene and it quickly became apparent that his account had changed and was significantly different to his 999 call and he was later arrested on suspicion of murder.
Mr Boardman’s family said “We have got justice for Glenn and whilst we know this will not bring him back it is comforting to know that Michael Goddard’s liberty has been taken from him too.
We would like to thank the QC, CPS, the Police, the Family Liaison Officers and others that have helped us through this very difficult and traumatic time, they have all been amazing, giving us the support and help that we needed as well as working hard on the case.
Once again we would like to say a big thank you for all they have done and are still doing. Whilst we can’t measure the scale of our loss we can seek comfort in knowing that Glenn’s life was seen to be important.
Glenn was a loving and caring person to his family and close friends and would have done anything for anybody if he could. He will be deeply missed.”
T/Detective Chief Inspector Simon Palmer, the Senior Investigating Officer said “I am pleased that the jury saw Goddard for the man he is, someone who preyed on Glenn Boardman, a vulnerable and trusting man who thought that Goddard was his friend.
I hope today’s sentence gives some comfort to Mr Boardman’s family who may now start to move on from this tragedy. My thanks go out to the team of officers who have worked tirelessly to secure justice for Glenn and his family”