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Campus killer is jailed for life
David Woods
David Woods was beaten to death
A teenager has been jailed for life for the murder of a 51-year-old man who was beaten to death during a trip to an off-licence in Lancashire.

David Woods was attacked as he walked home through the University of Central Lancashire campus in October 2006.

His attacker Denham Yates, 18, pleaded guilty to murder and his 17-year-old accomplice, Bobby Birmingham, admitted manslaughter at Preston Crown Court.

Yates, of Lawson Street, Preston, was told he will serve at least 13 years.

Police were initially called to reports of a serious assault on a footpath next to the 53 Degrees Club on the night of 13 October.

They found Mr Woods with severe injuries, including 44 separate injures to his head and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Denham Yates and Bobby Birmingham
The teenagers both admitted their parts in the killing

Officers investigating the attack established there had been about 25 separate attacks on people and property in a three-hour period.

Mr Woods had died during what police called an "orgy of violence" carried out by a gang on a rampage through the campus.

Speaking after the hearing on Monday, Det Ch Insp Graham Herrmann, of Lancashire Police, said he was satisfied with the sentence handed out.

"Denham Yates carried out a violent and unprovoked attack on a defenceless grandfather who died close to his own home," he said.

"It was a meaningless attack on a random member of the public who paid with his life simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He picked David Woods out just because he was there, and carried out a ferocious attack for no reason - robbing a decent family of a loving husband, father, and grandfather."

Birmingham, of Lyndhurst Drive, Preston, will be sentenced 14 May.

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