A man who kicked and punched a pensioner to death in a drunken town centre attack has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murder.
A jury took just over two hours to find Wayne Moffit, 39, guilty of the killing Geofrey Bradbury, 71, in a “savage attack” in Pontefract in April this year.
A week-long trial at Leeds Crown Court heard Mr Bradburn suffered 18 separate injuries to his head and face as after he was attacked in Beastfair and then moments later in a nearby alleyway.
The jury of eight women and four men were shown footage of Moffit’s first attack, in which Bradburn was punched to the ground and kicked in the head.
He was then dragged into the alleyway, which was not covered by cameras, and brutally assaulted. Forensic evidence from the alleyway indicted that Mr Bradburn was attacked as he was either on his knees or slumped against a wall. Moffit, of Minden Way, Pontefract, claimed he had attacked Mr Bradburn after mistakenly believing the pensioner had attacked his sister.
The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter collier QC, told Moffit he must serve a minimum of 16 years before he can apply for parole.