A FORMER Army sergeant who rained “ferocious” blows on a dad of two has been jailed for life for his murder.
Cocaine addict Daniel Shovelton, 40, bludgeoned Mark Bradbury, 58, to death and stole from his house to pay off a drug debt, a court heard.
Shovelton, who had served in Afghanistan, was captured on CCTV near the victim’s home in Warrington, Cheshire.
Cops discovered he knew “small time” drug dealer Mr Bradbury.
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They arrested Shovelton and found traces of Mr Bradbury’s blood on a keyring, plus the victim’s gold ring in the pocket of the killer’s trousers.
Judge David Aubrey told him: “You had perpetrated a sustained and violent assault on him and also strangled him.”
Shovelton, of Warrington, will serve a minimum of 24 years after being convicted at Liverpool crown court.
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