A killer who “bullied and scared” people into doing what he wanted has been found guilty of murdering the father of a missing Blackpool schoolgirl.
Sean Conlon was jailed for life at Preston Crown Court for the murder of Frank Chivers – the father of 15-year-old Paige who disappeared without a trace in 2007 – at his 15th floor high rise flat in Layton.
Telling the drug dealing 44-year-old, of no fixed address, he must serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars before being eligible for parole, Judge Anthony Russell said: “You have a reputation and people are frightened of you.
“You are a bully and like most bullies, also a coward, because people who use their feet as weapons are usually cowards.”
Mr Chivers died of a bleed on the brain caused from being kicked in the head in his flat in Walter Robinson Court.
Prosecutors said the attack on the 49-year-old heroin addict was sparked by a “petty” argument over a £20 note that had allegedly gone missing from the bag of Conlon’s girlfriend Carly Turner.
He accused Mr Chivers and his friend Sharon Garnett.
Conlon denied the attack claiming his friend had collapsed from ill health, but failed to help him while the paramedics were called.
However, a pathologist found evidence of a footwear mark on Mr Chivers’ head.
The victim died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital without ever regaining consciousness and learning the fate of his missing daughter who was last seen getting on a bus in Bispham close to the then family home.
Conlon denied murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter but was yesterday convicted by a jury of 12 men and women.
He will serve a minimum of 15 years.
Conlon sacked his legal team on the last day of his trial.
He claimed in evidence he had dealt drugs from the flat and had even supplied Mr Chivers with heroin for allowing him to do so.
His girlfriend at the time, Ms Turner, has admitted doing an act tended and intended to pervert the course of justice over a statement she gave to police distancing Conlon from the incident.
She will be sentenced by the court at a later date.