Jason Thaxter has today (Friday 16 December) been found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of the murder six years ago of Tommy Groome, his mother’s long-term partner, and conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse. His mother, June Buttle pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2015 and is already serving a 16 year prison sentence. The body has never been found.
The CPS was able to use evidence from Thaxter’s ex-partner who told the court that he confessed to killing Groome along with his mother. The case also involved a number of international enquiries to obtain evidence and information, particularly from Ireland. The CPS worked closely with the Irish authorities so witnesses in Dublin could give evidence using a live videolink and were not required to travel to the UK.
He will be sentenced on Monday 19 December.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Langan, Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:
“Thaxter and his mother, June Buttle, killed Tommy Groome sometime in early January 2010.
“His body has sadly never been found and Thaxter and Buttle sought to get away with their crime by weaving a tangled web of lies and deception to cover up his death.
“The CPS was able to call two witnesses who told the court that June Buttle had confessed to killing Tommy Groome. She told one witness in some detail how she and her son had dismembered his body and disposed of it on a bonfire.
“Their motive was a combination of greed after Mr Groome had been awarded a substantial sum of compensation and revenge for the violence which had been a prominent feature of their relationship.
“Six years after his death, justice has been done and today’s verdict means that both of Tommy Groome’s killers are now facing considerable sentences for their crime.”