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Life tariff for David Cook

A jury at Newport Crown Court found David Cook guilty of murder yesterday Photo: ITV Wales News

David Cook, who was convicted of murdering a teacher over 20 years ago, has received a whole life tariff after being found guilty of a second killing.

65-year-old Cook denied murdering his neighbour Leonard Hill, but admitted killing him at his flat in Rhymney last June.

Sentencing today, Mr Justice Griffith Williams told Cook: "You are a pathological liar who does not scruple to tell any lies to further your own interest."

Claire Burton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said:

David Cook has been convicted of a most horrific and violent murder.

Leonard Hill was a quiet, non-confrontational and unassuming man who posed no threat to anyone – least of all David Cook. His murder was the calculated act of a callous and brutal attacker.

I would like to pay tribute to the excellent investigation work carried out by Gwent Police on this case. Their thorough approach enabled us to build an extremely strong prosecution case against David Cook, leading to today’s conviction.

Whilst we welcome the fact that David Cook has been brought to justice, we should not forget that the family and those close to Leonard Hill, as well as all those affected by the actions of David Cook, will have to live with the consequences for years to come. Our thoughts are with them.

– Claire Burton, CPS