Detective is commended for his part in bringing killer to justice in grandfather murder case

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  • Det Con John Rushton is commended for his role in solving murder case
  • Thomas Baird ws beaten, stabbed and set alight
  • Killer James Carbott was jailed for life
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A detective that investigated the murder of a 63-year-old grandfather who was beaten and set alight has been commended for the part he played in bringing the killer to justice.

Thomas Baird was beaten with a crow bar and stabbed with a Stanley knife by James Carbott, who then later returned to the victim’s bungalow in Westerdale, Highfield, doused him in petrol and set him alight.

Det Con John Rushton, left, with chief constable Andy Bliss.

Det Con John Rushton, left, with chief constable Andy Bliss.

Builder Carbott, of Epping Green, Hemel Hempstead, was jailed for life for murder in March 2014 and must serve a minimum of 27 years.

Det Con John Rushton, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts major crime unit, was commended for his role as part of the murder investigation during an awards ceremony at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

As well as police officers, staff and members of the public were also honoured for their hard work, commitment and bravery in making Hertfordshire a safer place to live.

Chief Constable Andy Bliss closed the awards by saying: “We could not hope to do this without the excellent staff and volunteers who work for us.

It is important that we properly recognise the commitment and achievements of our staff.

Chief Constable Andy Bliss

“It is important that we properly recognise the commitment and achievements of our staff and tonight has enabled us to do that - but it is also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of teamwork involving not only our colleagues here tonight but the many other fine men and women who work alongside them - including those who are out there this evening - doing the job.”

The awards were presented by guest of honour the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Jonathan Trower.