Grandfather murder was "truly shocking"

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.

"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."

– Det Insp Stuart Ellis, Devon & Cornwall Police

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Guilty of grandfather murder

A man from Launceston is due to be sentenced after being found guilty of murdering his 91-year-old grandfather. 20-year-old Stephen Lang attacked Tom Lang at his sheltered flat in the town in April last year.