Wendy Long, grand daughter of murder victim Tom Lang reads a statement at the end of the trial in which Stephen Lang was jailed for life at Truro Crown Court
A teenager who murdered his frail 91 year old grandfather by breaking his neck as he robbed him of his £300 pension, was jailed for life.
A court heard the victim was able to tell several people it was his grandson who had attacked him before he died three days later.
Stephen Lang had admitted manslaughter as his trial got underway at Truro Crown Court last week but he was convicted of murder by a jury.The judge, Mr Justice Hamblen, jailed him for life and said he must serve a minimum of fifteen years behind bars.
– Det Insp Stuart Ellis, Devon & Cornwall Police
"This was a terrible crime committed on a defenceless 91 year old man by his grandson.
"Stephen Lang grabbed Tom by the throat in his sheltered accommodation flat, lifted him out of his chair and threw him to the floor. He then stole £300 from his grandfather's wallet which was hidden under his pillow before leaving him for dead on the floor."I cannot begin to understand Stephen Lang's motiviation for this crime ... that he could inflict these injuries on his own grandfather is truly shocking."
Stephen Lang from Launceston who was found guilty of murdering his 91 year old grandfather Tom Lang, has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The judge at Truro Crown Court recommended that he must serve a minimum of 15 years
A man from Launceston will today be sentenced for murdering his grandfather.
A jury at Truro Crown Court last week found Stephen Lang guilty of murdering 91-year-old Tom Lang at his sheltered flat in April last year. He stole three hundred pounds.
The pensioner died three days later from his injuries.
A man convicted of killing his grandfather will not be sentenced until Monday.
Stephen Lang was found guilty of killing 91-year-old Tom Lang yesterday and his sentence was due to be given this morning at Truro Crown Court.
Stephen Lang attacked his grandfather in his sheltered accommodation, lifting him from his chair, throwing him to the floor and then stealing £300 from his wallet. The pensioner died three days later.
A 20-year-old man from Launceston convicted yesterday of murdering his grandfather will be sentenced later this morning at Truro Crown Court. Stephen Lang was found guilty of killing 91-year-old Tom Lang.
Stephen Lang, 20, has today been convicted by a jury at Truro Crown Court of the murder of his grandfather, Tom Lang, 91. He attacked him at his sheltered accommodation, lifting him from his chair, throwing him to the floor and then stealing £300 from his wallet. Mr Lang died three days later.
– DI Stuart Ellis, Devon and Cornwall Police
The crime is made all the more tragic as Stephen Lang appeared to have a close relationship with his grandfather and the incident has had a devastating effect on the whole of the family. I cannot begin to understand Stephen Lang’s motivation for this crime, but the fact that he could inflict these injuries on his own grandfather is truly shocking.
– Lang family statement
Stephen had no reason to kill his grandfather, who would have gladly given him money had he asked for it. We will never get over the death of Tom but as a family now Stephen has been found guilty we can begin to rebuild our lives and move on.
Stephen Lang will be sentenced tomorrow (Friday 28 June).