A dearly love great grandfather was murdered after being beaten up when he stepped in to protect a woman.
John Taylor, 57, punched Barry Tyrie to the ground then hit and kicked him as he lay unconscious on the floor. His son Daniel then got on top of him and repeatedly punched him in the head in Haslingdon, Lancashire, on August 25 last year.
The Taylors, who had previously been friends with Barry, fled the scene but were later arrested for murder. A post mortem found he died from a bleed to the brain after suffering at least seven blows to the head.
The Taylors denied murder but were found guilty at Preston Crown Court and on Friday they were given life sentences. John must serve a minimum of 16 years while his son must serve 15.
Barry’s daughter Lisa said: ‘My dad was dearly loved by all his family and everyone that knew him. We will never get over what happened to him and struggle even more with knowing that two people who were supposed to be his friends were responsible for his death.
‘As a family we are pleased with this conviction and feel that justice has been served.
‘No sentence can ever bring my dad back but we can at least try and move forward and remember my dad for the kind and loving man he was.’
Detective chief inspector Gareth Willis said: ‘This was an incredibly shocking and senseless attack on a pensioner, which makes his death all the more tragic.
‘Barry was a popular and well-respected member of the local community, and I want to thank everyone who came forward, providing significant assistance to the investigation team, and also the many witnesses who have attended court.
‘Their support has helped us bring these two men to justice for Barry. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.’