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7:18am 8th March 2012
(Updated 7:18am 8th March 2012)

A man who murdered a Newlyn fisherman is told he has shown a complete lack of remorse.

Brian Harrison has been given a life sentence for an attack on his former friend Neville Dunn.

It happened on New Year's Eve back in 2007, when the 31 year old viciously beat and kicked his friend.

So bad was the attack, his victim never left hospital, dying two years later.

Today the judge at Truro Crown Court told Mr Harrison he had every opportunity to stop but did not, adding that he had enjoyed the discomfort of Mr Dunn's family as they gave evidence.

Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service, Julian Herbert, said, " This new prosecution would not have been possible before the 'Year and a Day rule' was abolished by the Law Reform Act in 1996. This old rule stated that a death was not murder if it occurred more than a year and a day after the act alleged to have caused it. The new law permits a further trial so that, if convicted, sentencing can reflect what happened and the part the defendant played.

"We worked closely with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary to bring this case to trial and it is testament to the hard work of the entire prosecution team that the jury delivered a guilty verdict yesterday. Today's sentencing brings to an end a long and tragic case and I hope it brings some comfort to Mr Dunn's family".

Brian Harrison will serve at least 12 years in prison.

7:18am 8th March 2012

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