A man has been sentenced to jail for stabbing a 55-year-old with severe disabilities to death in Luton.

Meuric Roberts was found dead in his flat in Hitchin Road on 24 April after being stabbed multiple times.

Simon Lewis, 39, of Chapel Street, was found guilty of the murder on 27 October at Luton Crown Court. Lewis has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 31 and a half years.

Detective Inspector Philip Moss from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "The attack on Meuric was horrific and proves that Lewis is a nasty piece of work who has gone to extreme lengths to seek punishment for his victim."

At around 3pm on 24 April, a relative of Mr Roberts visited his flat. She had not been able to get hold of him and his family was concerned.

On arrival, she found his front door open and Mr Roberts lying down on the floor by the side of the sofa. He was covered with a duvet and pillows. The relative could see that he had suffered some injuries and immediately alerted the emergency services.

Lewis had been seen on CCTV in the immediate vicinity of the flat two days before the body was found. A close friend of the deceased said that Lewis had borrowed close to £400 from Mr Roberts and had gone back to ask for more, threatening to blackmail him using false allegations if he didn’t agree.

Lewis was arrested the day after Mr Roberts’ body was discovered, and was subsequently charged with murder.

A post mortem examination revealed that Mr Roberts died of stab wounds to the neck and chest.

Following a two-week trial, the jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict and Her Honour Justice Cheema-Grubb was satisfied the murder was motivated by financial gain.

“I am pleased with today’s verdict and glad that Lewis has received a suitable punishment for all the pain he has inflicted on Meuric’s family,” Detective Inspector Philip Moss said.