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Life Sentence Over Cornish Murder

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5:08pm 21st December 2012
(Updated 5:08pm 21st December 2012)

A man who battered another resident to death at a supported home in Cornwall has been jailed for life for murder.

Peter Oates suffered fractured ribs, head and neck injuries at Henley House in Pool.

Truro Crown Court heard how Somes McFarland who has from Asperger's Syndrome claimed he was drunk last March.

On Friday, a judge sentenced the 28 year old to at least 13 years in prison.

Peter's family released this statement when his killer was convicted:

"Peter Oates was a loving son, brother, uncle and nephew who is sadly missed by all his family and many friends.

"He was well loved by everyone who knew him; he was friendly and took care of both his family and friend. He was a generous man, kind-hearted and although he had problems in his life he always remained cheerful and positive.

"He loved going to the beach and in the past enjoyed keeping birds in his aviary.

"He was very protective of Rose his mother and took care of her. Everybody loved Peter and he was well known in Pool where he lived before he died.

"We still find it hard to believe that Peter is no longer with us and find it difficult to comprehend the tragic circumstances in which he died.

"We are pleased that justice has been done today and that the perpetrator has been convicted. We would like to thank the police officers that carried out the investigation, CPS and everyone that has helped and supported us over these last six months."

Detective Inspector Stuart Ellis of Devon and Cornwall Police's Major Crime Investigation Team said: "This has been a tragic case and my thoughts remain with the victim's family."

5:08pm 21st December 2012

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