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Pair jailed for farmer murder

Two men from Cambridgeshire who murdered a retired Welsh farmer have been sentenced to a total of 46 years in jail. Llywelyn Thomas was beaten to death at home during a burglary.

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Men guilty of murder after pensioner 'left for dead'

Llewelyn Thomas, originally from south Wales, was found dead at his home in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV

Two men who battered a widowed farmer to death in his own home have been found guilty of murder.

Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was found dead in his home in December last year after neighbours became concerned that the lights had been left on all night.

Mr Thomas who was originally from the Bridgend area before moving to Cambridgeshire was set to have been subject to a "horrific attack ".

Gary Smith, 21, of Fen Road travellers' site, Chesterton,and his nephew, Frankie Parker, 26, of Nene Road, Ely, had both denied murdering Mr Thomas as they burgled the property.

A jury at Cambridge Crown Court found both men guilty of murder today after less than two hours of deliberations. They will be sentenced on Friday.

The court heard Smith and Parker had raided Mr Thomas's home but instead of leaving Mr Thomas unhurt, perhaps even bound upstairs, they set about a savage beating and he was left for dead on the upstairs landing.

Father-of-one Mr Thomas, originally from Cefn Cribwr had lived alone since the death of his wife about 10 years earlier.

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