A man has been jailed after torturing to death another man in his own home in Rochdale.
Anthony Bennett, 43, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 61-year-old Joseph O’Hanlon.
Bennett pleaded guilty to murder at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday 1 November 2016 and will serve a minimum of 21 years.
On Monday 2 May 2016 police were called to a flat in Rochdale to reports that a man’s body had been found, and then discovered it was Joseph O’Hanlon’s.
A home Office post mortem revealed that Joseph had sustained over 80 separate injuries which led to his death.
Joseph’s wife Linda and Linda’s son Francis, who he brought up from the age of seven, have paid tribute to him:
“Joe was a wonderful man who had a heart of gold and often went out of his way to help others.
“He was much loved by those closest to him and missed every minute of the day.
“We believe it was his kindness and vulnerability that put him in a position of danger.
“Joe was much loved by those closest to him and missed every minute of the day”.
Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “This was a senseless killing of a kind and generous vulnerable man. The injuries inflicted upon Joe by Bennett were sadistic and unnecessary.
“Joseph was a good man, but people took advantage of him. Anthony Bennett was a violent individual and one of those people who took advantage of Joseph’s good nature and ultimately killed him”.