Faye Burford, 41, has been sentenced to 21 years jail for the murder of her neighbour Peter Flux, 74. On February 27, the former prostitute stabbed the elderly artist with a kitchen knife in his Paignton flat. She stole his passport, credit card and money which she use to buy drugs
A drug addicted former-prostitute has been jailed for the murder of her neighbour, an elderly artist who was friends with The Beatles, over £20 loan.
Peter Flux, 74, who worked at the Apple Record label in London and was friends with the Fab Four.
He died from stab wounds after he was attacked in his home by neighbour Faye Burford, 41, for refusing to lend her £20 to buy drugs, Exeter Crown Court heard.
During the hearing, where the judge sat without a jury, Burford, a former prostitute and habitual drug user, was sentenced to 21 years and one month in prison.
The court heard Burford lived in the same block of flats in Paignton, Devon, as Mr Flux and had befriended him often borrowing money from him, and the two were described as being friends before the incident.
The prosecution said that at the time of the incident Burford owed several debts and had gone to Mr Flux’s flat on 23 February to borrow more money.
During the meeting, Burford grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Flux numerous times, inflicting superficial wounds, scratches and the fatal stab wound.
After the incident, she took Mr Flux’s personal effects, including his passport, credit card and money which she used to buy drugs.
She then disposed of her clothes and the murder weapon in a nearby bin, the court heard.
On Wednesday 27 February, police were called to the address and discovered the body of Mr Flux inside his flat.
A murder enquiry was launched, Burford was arrested on the same day and she pleaded guilty to the murder where she claimed Mr Flux had made sexual advances towards her.
Detectives refuted this claim and the case was taken to Exeter Crown Court where the judge rejected Burford’s claim that Mr Flux had made sexual advances.
Roy Linden, detective chief inspector for Devon and Cornwall Police, said: ‘This was an unprovoked attack on a defenceless and elderly victim.
‘Throughout his life, the victim was known for his generosity and kindness, and was both a well-liked and respected member of his community.
‘I would like to pay a particular tribute to the victim’s family, who have shown incredible fortitude and understanding during the most tragic of circumstances.
‘I can only hope that this result goes someway to helping them rebuild their lives.’
Shocked friends have paid tribute to the father-of-two describing him as a ‘Bohemian’ potter, poet, artist and Buddhist elder’. A spokesperson for Mr Flux’s family said: ‘The impact of losing him this way has been traumatising’
Shocked friends have paid tribute to the father-of-two describing him as a ‘Bohemian’ potter, poet, artist and Buddhist elder’.
Friend Gerry Judah said: ‘I knew Peter when we were at Goldsmiths together and we became firm friends.’
‘He used to work at Apple Records with The Beatles and he knew them very well. He was friendly with John Lennon.
‘He was a bit or a character. He was fun – always friendly and smiling. There was not a drop of maliciousness or cynicism.
‘Strangely I had been reminiscing about old friends and decided to try to Google Pete – and that’s how we found out he was dead.
‘The last time I saw him was over 35 years ago. He knocked at my door one day with a bottle of wine wrapped in one of his pastel drawings.’
A spokesperson for Mr Flux’s family said: ‘Peter had his life cruelly and suddenly taken from him in the worst kind of way. The impact of losing him this way has been traumatising.
‘The violence of his death and what his last moments must have been like for him will haunt us for the rest of our lives.
They described him as ‘one of a kind, a character, he was unlike anyone else I know. He was kind, very intelligent and creative.
‘He could be flamboyant, and he had a great and unusual sense of humour. Peter was an older man, but he was still full of life and had years of life ahead of him.
‘He was a Buddhist and took his faith very seriously. This drew him to vulnerable and perhaps damaged people he wanted to help.
‘He had so much time for people and gave so much time, it is sad that someone took advantage of this side of him.’