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Former army sergeant jailed for life after bludgeoning dad of two to death to pay off drug debt

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KILLING FOR MONEY

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.

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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