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10:47am 30th April 2013
A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a Helston pensioner.
72 year old Colin Payne was found dead at his home by his son on Father's Day.
Alexander Channer from St Austell pleaded guilty to killing the ex-postmaster.
The 54 year old who was arrested in Nottingham and brought back to Cornwall, will serve at least 15 years behind bars.
Speaking after the sentence was read out at Plymouth Crown Court, Colin Payne's son Nick said: "Our family would like to thank all the police officers and their liaison officers involved in this case for their professional and sensitive way that they have handed my father's murder from the start to finish. Also a big thank you to David Osborne from Victim Support for his help and advice.
"We are pleased with the verdict but for my sister, rest of our family and myself we have been cruelly and prematurely robbed of a loving father and a central part of our family.
"We will never forget my dad and will now try and remember the happy times we have spent together instead of focusing on the needless and senseless murder of a good kind man."
Detective Inspector Ellis from the Major Crime investigation Team said: "This has been an extremely difficult and tragic set of circumstances for Mr Payne's family to cope with. I hope that this conviction today will help them to begin to move forward."
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