A man who beat a victim to death during an unprovoked attack has been sentenced to life.
Sean Paul Gavin, 28, was sentenced to life in prison at Manchester Crown Court on 8 December 2016. He will serve a minimum of 14 years for the murder of John Terrell.
Gavin had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. The court heard details of the murder – which occurred on Peakdale Avenue, Crumpsall.
Shortly after 6.50am on 1 July 2016, an eye-witness called 999 to report a disturbance outside John’s home.
The 53-year-old was laying face down on the grass. Gavin had shouted at him before punching and kicking him.
The tirade of abuse continued until Gavin began dragging John across the floor and back to the flat. Prior to been drug, Mr Terrell’s head was stamped on as he lay motionless on the ground.
The only time the 28-year-old stopped dragging him was to deliver further kicks, punches and stamps.
Gavin then walked away leaving John unconscious in the flat. Moments later officers arrived and stopped Gavin before they found John badly injured on the floor.
Mr Terrell was rushed to hospital but sadly died a result of multiple injuries.
Greater Manchester Police’s, Duncan Thorpe, said: “This was a sustained brutal attack on a vulnerable man”.
To this day, police still do not know why Gavin launched such a violent attack. It is said that Gavin has never shown any remorse for his ‘despicable’ actions.
In July, news of the murder shocked the Crumpsall community. Locals within the community could not believe that Gavin died in such a brutal way.
GMP hopes that the sentence brings comfort to the victim’s family, who are devastated by the loss.