Two killers have been jailed for life for beating a man to death "for the sadistic pleasure of inflicting pain".
Father-of-two 47-year-old Gerrard McAndrew was kicked, stamped on and punched in July last year moments after he left a public house in Telford. He was
robbed of a mobile phone and a gold necklace and, while unconscious, stuffed into the boot of a car and taken to a local park where he was stripped naked and dumped.
A jury at Stafford Crown Court took less than two hours yesterday to convict Michael Boland (36), of Westbourne, and Tony Tinsley (27), of Lord Murray Drive, both Woodside, Telford, Shropshire, of murder. They had denied the charges.
Boland was told he would serve a minimum of 28 years and Tinsley 25 years before they are considered for parole.
Mr Justice Gibbs told them: "He did absolutely nothing to deserve such treatment or death. One can barely imagine the distress not only to him but those suffering his loss.
"This was an offence of gratuitous violence and sustained brutality. It was of a sadistic nature inflicted purely for the pleasure of inflicting pain. It was not prolonged torture but sadism as properly defined."
Stephen Linehan QC, prosecuting, said: "Mr McAndrew came from a large and loving family. It is absolutely plain that Mr McAndrew was a man much loved because of his character. He was described as a gentle man."