A man who admitted murdering a grandfather from Southampton has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
The body of 66-year-old Gerald Pragnell was found in woods near Southampton Common last November.
Tommy Scott will serve a minimum of 27 years.
The court heard how Scott had strangled Mr Pragnell with a piece of material he was using as a belt, before leaving his body under leaves.
The prosecutor added that he then stole Mr Pragnell’s car, before returning the next day to steal his ring.
Mr Pragnell was last seen leaving work at Southampton Airport at 6.30am on 1st November before his body was discovered at the common in the north of the city.
Gerald's family released a tribute after his death, describing him as 'a loving father, grandad, partner, brother and uncle'.