An 84-year-old pensioner will die in jail after he was convicted of murdering his neighbour after developing a grudge against him in the months before killing him with a spade.

Thomas Dunn battered 60-year-old Falklands veteran Roy Costello over the head as he dozed on the sofa in what has been described as a ‘real-life Midsomer Murder’.

Dunn, of Oakdene Court, harboured feelings of resentment towards his neighbour prior to the killing, claiming Mr Costello had been making noise, using a fire door and letting his dog off of the lead.

He had also been angry that his neighbour had been given a new car under a mobility scheme; a large ‘Z’ mark was scratched into the new car on February 19 this year, prompting Mr Costello to call the police.

But a day later, Dunn went further – waking up at 2am and deciding he was going to attack his neighbour, described by his widow as ‘a gentle giant who would always help anyone’.

Thomas Dunn, who will die behind bars after being sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of more than 17 years

Thomas Dunn, who will die behind bars after being sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of more than 17 years

Royston Costello, who was described by his widow as a 'gentle giant who would always help anyone'

Royston Costello, who was described by his widow as a ‘gentle giant who would always help anyone’

Dunn was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 17 years and six months for the attack following sentencing at Chester Crown Court on Friday. It means he will likely die behind bars.

Pilfering a spade from a neighbour’s shed, Dunn waited until shortly before 10am for Mr Costello’s wife to take their dog for a walk before he battered the veteran over the head with the spade three times as he dozed on his sofa.

Mr Costello suffered serious head injuries in the attack. Police say that the malice-driven OAP deliberately used the edge of the spade head to cause the most harm. 

Dunn then disposed of the spade in a hedge and fled on his electric scooter – but it wasn’t long until police identified him as the main suspect in the attack while his victim was rushed to Royal Stoke Hospital.

This is a breaking news story, more to follow. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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