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Addicts get life for man's murder
Ian Noonan and Paul O'Shea
The pair were hunting for the money to feed their drug habits
Two burglars who beat a man to death as they hunted for the 50,000 they heard he had inherited, have been jailed.

Drug addicts Paul O'Shea, 27, and Ian Noonan, 40, of no fixed address, tied Julian De Graft Hayford up in his flat in Kennington, south London, last July.

The Old Bailey heard the pair, who wanted the cash for drugs, attacked him with a carved statue of an angel.

Noonan must serve at least 30 years and O'Shea was given a minimum of 28 years for 55-year-old Mr Hayford's murder.

Mr Hayford had been left 50,000 from his father's estate and had bought a new car, a flat and other luxury items.

They wanted Julian Hayford's inheritance to fuel their drug addictions and would go to terrifying lengths to get it
DCI Stuart Cundy

Police said they understood he planned to use the majority of the money to rebuild a church in his native Ghana.

Mr Hayford had been out celebrating his 55th birthday on the night O'Shea and Noonan targeted his home.

They tied him up with his own neck tie and beat him so severely that he suffered ten different injuries to his head. He died from brain damage.

The attackers fled when they were disturbed by Mr Hayford's wife Happy.

'Brought to justice'

Passing sentence, Judge Paul Focke told the killers: "You subjected him to appalling violence causing him 30 separate injuries - 10 to the head from which he died.

"This murder has had devastating effects on his widow causing her permanent psychological scarring."

After sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Cundy, who led the investigation said: "Their motive was pure greed. They wanted Julian Hayford's inheritance to fuel their drug addictions and would go to terrifying lengths to get it.

"Both these men had denied their involvement despite overwhelming evidence and forced the victim's family to endure the trial process.

"I am pleased we have been able to bring them to justice."

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