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Launceston Man Jailed For Life For Murdering His Grandad

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2:50pm 1st July 2013
(Updated 2:50pm 1st July 2013)

A Launceston man who murdered his grandad has been jailed for life.

Stephen Lang grabbed Thomas by the throat, lifted him out of his chair and threw him to the floor last April.

He then stole three hundred pounds' pension money from the 91 year old, and left him for dead.

The 20 year old will serve at least 15 years in prison.

Sentencing him at Truro Crown Court, the judge told Stephen Lang he acted in a "drunken and drug-fuelled rage."

The judge added, "You took advantage of his trust and left him helpless while you took off with your cowardly takings."

Thomas Lang's family said it would have been his ninety-third birthday on Monday.

You can listen to a statement read by grandaughter Wendy Long below:

 
Speaking after his conviction on Thursday, Detective Inspector Stuart Ellis from Devon and Cornwall Police, 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.

2:50pm 1st July 2013

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