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12:45pm 8th December 2012

The family of a man battered to death at a supported home in Cornwall have paid tribute as his killer waits to be sentenced.

On Friday, Somes McFarland was convicted of murdering another resident at Henley House in Pool.

Truro Crown Court heard how Peter Oates suffered 19 fractured ribs, head and neck injuries last March.

28 year old Somes McFarland who has Asperger's Syndrome claimed he was drunk at the time of the attack.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 21st December.

51 year old Peter's family have released the following statement:

"Peter Oates was a loving son, brother, uncle and nephew who is sadly missed by all his family and many friends.

"He was well loved by everyone who knew him; he was friendly and took care of both his family and friend. He was a generous man, kind-hearted and although he had problems in his life he always remained cheerful and positive.

"He loved going to the beach and in the past enjoyed keeping birds in his aviary.

"He was very protective of Rose his mother and took care of her. Everybody loved Peter and he was well known in Pool where he lived before he died.

"We still find it hard to believe that Peter is no longer with us and find it difficult to comprehend the tragic circumstances in which he died.

"We are pleased that justice has been done today and that the perpetrator has been convicted. We would like to thank the police officers that carried out the investigation, CPS and everyone that has helped and supported us over these last six months."

Detective Inspector Stuart Ellis of Devon and Cornwall Police's Major Crime Investigation Team said: "This has been a tragic case and my thoughts remain with the victim's family."

12:45pm 8th December 2012

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