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Man guilty of murdering 74-year-old with crossbow must serve at least 31 years

Credit: North Wales Police

Terence Whall, 39, will have to serve at least 31 years in prison after killing 74-year-old Gerald Corrigan with a crossbow outside his home.

Describing the crime as 'vicious' the judge Mrs Justice Jefford said in denying the murder he had denied the family an explanation for what she described as an 'horrific' death.

Whall, 39, of Bryngwran, who denied murder but was convicted on Monday, will serve a life sentence in prison.

The sports therapist originally from east London, denied ever meeting Mr Corrigan, who died in hospital on May 11.

Gerald Corrigan, 74, who was shot as he adjusted a satellite dish outside his home in Anglesey in the early hours of Good Friday, April 19, last year.

Speaking in court from behind a screen, Mr Corrigan's son Neale said through tears: "How can someone choose to use such a barbaric weapon on an old man?

"Did they really want to cause him a slow and painful death? Because that is what we witnessed and although God will ease the pain for us, we will never ever be able to forget that."

Also reading a statement from behind a screen, Mr Corrigan's partner, Marie Bailey, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said: "It is a terrible inferno inside me every day, thinking of how Gerry was murdered and how he suffered.

Sentencing Whall, judge Mrs Justice Jefford said: "You have deprived Mr Corrigan's family of any explanation for what was a horrific death in which Mr Corrigan was completely blameless.

"For your own reasons you clearly had a plan to kill."

She added: "Your arrogant belief that you could get away murder was misplaced."

Darren Jones and Craig Jones. Credit: North Wales Police

North Wales Police said a parallel fraud investigation was ongoing after claims that Mr Corrigan and Ms Bailey handed over £250,000 to convicted fraudster Richard Wyn Lewis.

Whall was given a concurrent sentence of six years for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice for a plot to set fire to his Land Rover, which was discovered burnt out in a disused quarry on June 3.

Gavin Jones, 36, was jailed for five years for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and the judge said he was "integrally involved" in the plan.

Ms Pope said Whall, who was heavily in debt, had given no motive for the killing and there was no evidence of a connection between him and Mr Corrigan, who died in hospital on May 11.

She argued the court could conclude that the shooting was a "murder for gain", but David Elias QC, representing Whall, said it could not be sure to the criminal standard.

Martin Wayne Roberts and Darren Jones. Credit: North Wales Police

The judge said it was "speculation" to say Whall was paid to carry out the murder or that it happened because Mr Corrigan was about to report fraud by Mr Lewis to the police.

Jones's brother, Darren Jones, 41, was sentenced to two years and 10 months for arson, and Martin Roberts, who turned 35 on the day of sentencing, was jailed for two years and four months for arson.

The two men had admitted on the fifth day of the trial to setting fire to the car, but the court heard that they believed it was part of an insurance scam.

Elen Owen, representing Roberts, said he had been assaulted by a co-defendant, which led to him being moved to a different prison, and a threat was made against him on the day he entered his plea.