A gang that tortured a convicted paedophile to death have been sentenced to life in prison by Truro Crown Court, Cornwall.
Nineteen months after Terry Oldham died due to internal organ failure, Aaron Mallen, 24, Michelle Casterton, 44, and Daniel Quinn, 23, have received life sentences with minimum terms of 25, 22, and 24 years respectively.
Oldham, 63, was violently raped with a broken broom handle in his own home after the trio discovered his convictions for sexual offences.
The court heard how the gang had moved into Oldham’s house months prior to his death, and were torturing him long before they discovered his dark past.
Judge Graham Cottle said:
You began to and succeeded in taking over Terry’s home and life. You stole credit cards, money and abused him both physically and mentally.
He (Oldham) was a private and compassionate man who cared enough to give you a place to live.
He was frightened, terrified and a shadow of his former self due to the relentless mental and physical abuse.
Detective Inspector Costa Nassaris, senior investigating officer, said after the convictions were delivered:
The evidence suggested that they had laughed about urinating on him, laughed about forcing him to eat dog faeces and laughed about finding him dead.
After the group moved in to Terry’s address it became associated with drugs and anti-social behaviour.
Defendant Richard Rosevear, 32, was cleared of murder and of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable person for his part in Oldham’s death.