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Launceston Teenager 'Murdered' Grandfather for Pension Money

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7:02am 25th June 2013

A Launceston teenager killed his grandfather in a botched raid for his pension money a court has been told.

Stephen Lang denies murdering 91 year old Thomas Lang but admits manslaughter.

Prosecutors told Truro Crown Court Stephen Lang, now twenty, went to his grandad's house on April 17th last year.

He is accused of grabbing Thomas Lang round the neck and pushing him to the floor.

Accused Stephen fled, after stealing £300 pension money from a wallet, hidden under a pillow in the bedroom.

Despite being injured, Mr Lang was able to use a lifeline alarm he wore round his neck to call for help.

The court heard there was up to another £10,000 locked in a safe.

When he was taken to Derriford hospital Mr Lang told medics: "I can't believe this has happened."

He told police his grandson had: "lost everything - his temper, his sense."

The ninety-one year old died from his injuries three days later.

A post-mortem revealed the cause of death was pneumonia - triggered by the injuries that he had suffered.

Stephen Lang says he panicked after his grandfather fell on the floor when he grabbed his walking frame.

The trial continues.

7:02am 25th June 2013

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