Pirate FM News

Launceston Man Found Guilty Of Murdering His Grandad

news-legal.jpg

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:47pm 27th June 2013

A Launceston teenager who attacked his grandad and stole three hundred pounds from his wallet has been found guilty of his murder.

Stephen Lang, who is now twenty, grabbed pensioner Tom by the throat and threw him to the floor last April.

He left the ninety-one year old for dead.

His family say they're pleased with the verdict but "devastated."

Following the verdict at Truro Crown Court, Senior Investigating Officer, DI Stuart Ellis, said: "This was a terrible crime committed on a defenceless 91-year-old man by his grandson. Stephen Lang grabbed Tom by the throat in his sheltered accommodation flat, lifted him out of his chair and threw him to the floor.

"He then stole £300 from his grandfather’s wallet which was hidden under his pillow before leaving him for dead on the floor. Sadly Tom died three days later from his injuries.

"The crime is made all the more tragic as Stephen Lang appeared to have a close relationship with his grandfather and the incident has had a devastating effect on the whole of the family.

"I cannot begin to understand Stephen Lang’s motivation for this crime, but the fact that he could inflict these injuries on his own grandfather is truly shocking."

Mr Lang's family has also issued the following statement: "We are pleased with the guilty verdict reached today but deeply saddened by what has happened. Tom Lang was a loving Grandad and Dad and was very close to his large family.

"The fact that he was killed by his Grandson Stephen, who had a good relationship with Tom, has devastated us as a family.

"Stephen had no reason to kill his Grandfather who would have gladly given him money had he asked for it. We will never get over the death of Tom but as a family now Stephen has been found guilty we can begin to rebuild our lives and move on.

"We would like to thank the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for their hard work in bringing this case to court.
“We would also like to thank all of our family members and friends who have supported us over the past 12 months."

some great deals from pirate fm
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Alabama man guilty of shooting son in row over 'really good chicken'

Strange News: An Alabama man could face two decades in jail for shooting his son during a row over chicken wings.

Man charged after hammer attack on mother and daughter

National News: A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder following a hammer attack on a mother and daughter which has left them in a critical condition.

Trending in Cornwall

Introducing the baby born mid-flight over Cornwall

Torran MacDonald arrived 1400ft over Penzance

Man seriously injured after incident in Newquay

Police had reports of a street fight near a nightclub

Woman injured in crash off the A30 in Cornwall

Police confirmed two cars hit at Indian Queens

PHOTOS: Rare harbour porpoise off Cornwall

The almost all-white female was with her calf

'Hit and run' leaves cyclist seriously injured

Police launch appeal after incident near Launceston

Stolen road sweeper sparks police chase on A38

It was reportedly stopped by a stinger in Plymouth

Major rescue as cows get stuck in Cornish river

Firefighters from four towns scrambled to Wadebridge

Baby boy born on rescue helicopter over Cornwall

A mum went into labour during a visit to Scilly

WATCH: First high-speed train runs from Cornwall to London

The new Intercity Express services are in service

VIDEO: Visit Cornwall stops actively promoting two beaches

This is amid fears about overcrowding this summer

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall