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Man handed life sentence for murder of Hampshire grandfather

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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.

Pictured: Tommy Scott Credit: Hampshire Police

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.

Gerald Pragnell with his son Aidan Credit: Hampshire Police

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'.

He was a genuine, hard-working and caring family man who was adored by all who knew him. He was a natural joker who lit up the room with his mischievous sense of humour. We have so many stories and memories that will always remain with us and he will always be hugely missed by us all. Dad was taken from us much too soon and we’re devastated that he won’t be part of our future.”

– Family tribute