A MAN who used his lodger as a “skivvy” was yesterday jailed for life after admitting savagely beating and stamping him to death when he refused to run an errand.
Odd-job man Shane Beadling, 41, was given £20 by Garry Count to fetch some tobacco from a shop but instead bought a takeaway pizza.
When Count, 32, found out he went berserk and attacked Mr Beadling as he cowered in terror, leaving him dying from multiple injuries including a broken jaw, nose and skull.
Jailing Count for life at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Alan Goldsack told him: “It was a sustained, merciless beating with repeated punching and kicking and stamping on the head.
“You armed yourself with a knife and slashed him twice across the face.”
The court heard Mr Beadling was regarded as a “skivvy” by Count and his girlfriend Kerry Musgrave, 31, and lived with the couple at her house in Bartholomew Street, Wombwell, Barnsley.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, described Mr Beadling as a “vulnerable individual and a bit slow” but was well-known and liked in the community where he carried out odd jobs for neighbours.
In the days leading up to the murder, Count had assaulted Mr Beadling, leaving him with cuts and bruises. Musgrave told neighbours: “Shane always gets a crack off everybody. He’s just one of them people.”
Mr Sharp said the attack happened on July 20, this year and added: “Count subjected Shane Beadling to a sustained assault which brought about his death.”
The victim, who was crouching down, was left with 41 external injuries including a broken skull, nose and jaw from kicking and stamping and his face was slashed.
Musgrave was close to Mr Beadling when he was lying injured and his blood was found on her trainers and trousers. Although there was no evidence she took part in the beating, she knew it was taking place.
Both she and Count were high on drink and drugs.
Although the injuries were not immediately fatal, neither Count nor Musgrave called for an ambulance and instead tried to cover their tracks.
Count eventually went to a neighbour’s house and asked her to call an ambulance and told her to tell police she saw three lads running away. By the time the ambulance arrived Mr Beadling was dead.
Count admitted murder, perverting the course of justice and affray during a previous incident when he took out a hammer after he was refused alcohol at a supermarket.
Musgrave admitted perverting the course of justice.
Count was given life with a minimum jail term of 16 years and Musgrave was sentenced to 18 months in jail.