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Man jailed for murder of Ian Conning in Kirkby

News   •   May 02, 2019 15:47 BST

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years at Liverpool Crown Court for the murder of Ian Conning in Kirkby in October.

Ronald Culshaw, 55, of Rushey Hey Road, Kirkby has been jailed after pleading guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on 8 April.

Police were called to a house on Kelday Close at around 3.45pm on Tuesday 23 October to reports Mr Conning had been assaulted by Culshaw.

Mr Conning was taken to hospital with serious head and chest injuries, where he sadly died on Tuesday 6 November.

Culshaw was initially arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and later charged with murder after Mr Conning died.

Detective Inspector Steve Ball said: "Today our thoughts are with the family of Ian, who have endured unimaginable suffering as a result of the violent manner of his death.

"Culshaw subjected Ian to a sustained and brutal assault, and the knowledge that he spent his last moments in such pain has compounded his family’s grief.

“Ian went to the address believing he was going to have an enjoyable evening. Tragically, Culshaw chose to escalate a minor disagreement with extreme violence and despite the best efforts of medical staff, Ian succumbed to his injuries two weeks later.

“There is no place in our communities for people who commit such violent and horrendous crimes, and this sentence reflects the severity of the offence and how seriously police, CPS and the courts take it.

“While no court result can possibly undo what has been done, I hope the sentence will in time give the family some sense of closure.”