A killer who kicked and stamped on a father at a house party and attacked him with pliers has been jailed for life.
Craig Kelly, 35, must serve at least 18 years in prison before he is eligible for parole after being convicted of murdering Kenny Adams, 45, after a fight.
Mr Adams died after suffering severe stomach injuries, a fractured skull and eight broken ribs in the attack during a party at Kelly’s home on The Clearings, Belle Isle, Leeds.
Kelly used pliers to cause pinch injuries on Mr Adams’ left nipple and leg.
A Leeds Crown Court jury also convicted Kelly of assaulting his partner Tracy Myers with pliers at the party on March 22 this year.
Kelly was cleared of raping another woman at the party.
The court heard Kelly, who has an IQ of just 61, has a string of previous convictions for violence.
Jailing Kelly for life yesterday, High Court Judge Mr Justice Keith told him: “The jury saw through your claim that you were acting in self defence. The truth is that following Kenny Adams’ attack on you, and while there were children in the house, you gave him the beating of his life and that involved kicking and stamping on him while he lay defenceless on the ground. By then there was no question of you fearing serious violence from him.
“You did what you did in order to assert your status as master of the house.
“What you said to the police when you were being booked in the police station following your arrest, and what you said when being arrested for murder, is particularly telling: ‘Murder, how can I get done for murder when it’s my own house?’
“You thought the normal rules of civilised behaviour simply didn’t apply to you in your own home.”
Mr Justice Keith said he believed Mr Adams would not have been aware what Kelly was doing to him by the time pliers were used in the attack.
Mr Justice Keith added: “You have many convictions and you have been to prison six times. What your record shows is that you have a real tendency to lash out when the going gets tough.”
Mr Justice Keith said he did not believe Kelly intended to kill Mr Adams, but did intend to cause him “really serious harm”.
Kenny Adams’ family said in a statement after the sentencing: “Kenny’s death has had a devastating effect on all of us with our emotions ranging from grief to anger.
“He may have had his faults and he was no angel but he was a lovely person and he had a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone and he was a loving father to his children and step-children.
“He didn’t deserve to die in the circumstances that he did and we feel utter disdain and disgust for the person who did this.
“They are clearly a dangerous and violent individual who deserves to spend a long time in prison, although no sentence will ever bring Kenny back or ease the pain that we feel about losing him.”
Det Supt Mark Ridley of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Kelly refused to admit he was responsible for the serious injuries that resulted in the death of Kenny Adams.
“But through work with forensic scientists we were able to conclusively show that his footwear was used for the kicks and stamps that caused the fatal injuries.”