Charity trustee jailed for murdering fellow board member

Jonathan Christopher Stasiuk admitted murdering Gerard White after a number of minor disputes relating to the garden charity Lake Community Gardens

Jonathan Christopher Stasiuk
Jonathan Christopher Stasiuk

A charity trustee has been sentenced to almost 25 years in prison for murdering a fellow board member of an Isle of Wight garden charity.

Jonathan Christopher Stasiuk, 60, of Sandown, Isle of Wight, was sentenced to 24 years and six months in prison on Thursday at Southampton Crown Court for the murder of Gerard White, 73, also of Sandown, after pleading guilty to murder.

Stasiuk and White were both trustees of Lake Community Gardens, a charitable nature reserve and vegetable garden near Sandown.

The murder allegedly occurred after a number of minor disputes between the two men about matters relating to the charity.

Stasiuk alerted police to the crime, which took place on 27 May on the charity’s property.

He had previously denied murder and had attempted to plea guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

But on 12 November he changed his plea to guilty.

In a statement, White’s wife Lee said: "Heartfelt thanks are due to the police, prosecution, court staff and all those involved in the case for the hard work they put into the investigation and trial, contributing to this satisfactory outcome.

"The tragic loss of Gerry has left a huge hole in the lives of family and friends. We cannot hope to ever get over it.

"While nothing will bring my husband back, we have justice for him, and for this we are very grateful."

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