A MAN who drunkenly battered his best friend to death with a ladle has been found guilty of murder.
Police yesterday issued a warning about the “devastating consequences” of drinking to excess after a jury convicted Ian Farley of the killing of life-long pal Glenn Russell.
Mr Russell, 48, suffered more than 50 separate injuries to his head, neck and body after being stamped upon and battered with the ladle in his Leeds flat.
The trial at Leeds Crown Court heard the two men were like brothers, having been close since childhood.
The incident happened after the pair and another man had spent the night drinking super-strength lager and began rowing over their daughters at the flat on Bayswater Grove, Harehills.
Farley, 51, of Parkside Road, Moortown, launched a “sustained and ferocious” attack on Mr Russell then left the flat.
He did not call an ambulance and medical evidence suggests Mr Russell could have survived a few hours after the attack.
The next morning Farley got his son and a friend to go around to Mr Russell’s flat where he was found dead. The walls of the property were spattered with blood.
Farley then went to a po-
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lice station and told officers he had killed his best mate.
Farley denied murder, claiming he could not remember the attack.
The father-of-five now faces a life sentence. He will learn his fate next week.
Simon Bourne-Arton, for Farley, said: “He has always accepted his responsibility for causing the death of his best friend and has always shown remorse.
“His state of mind has been complete astonishment and disbelief that he could be responsible for doing it.
“They cared for each other, looked after each other and were like brothers.”
After the hearing, Mr Russell’s family paid tribute to him.
In a statement, they said: “Glenn was a much loved son, brother and father, who was taken from us abruptly and in such horrendous circumstances.
“As a family, we are still struggling to come to terms with our loss.
“We know that no matter what sentence is imposed by the Court, this will never replace or compensate us for the huge gap which has been left since Glenn’s passing.”
Det Supt David Pervin, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “This conviction brings to an end a tragic set of circumstances in which one friend, fuelled by alcohol, savagely beat another one to death.
“It’s hard to imagine the sequence of events that took place without the contributing factor played by alcohol and this should serve as a warning over the devastating consequences of drinking to excess.”