A DETECTIVE has described the brutal assault which killed a father-of-two as “one of the most horrific” he has ever seen.
Jason Brookes subjected Andy Boardman to an unprovoked attack lasting more than 20 minutes – stamping on him, attacking him with a metal bar and smashing a mirror over his head.
And as 23-year-old Brookes, of Elizabeth Court, Layton, was jailed for life yesterday, and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years and six months, Mr Boardman’s family said they could now finally begin to rebuild their lives.
Det Chief Insp Pete Simm said: “In all my years of service this was probably one of the most horrific, violent and sustained assaults I have ever come across.
“The family are obviously devastated with the loss of Andy, he was a loving husband and father of two girls.
“(The sentence) brings a degree of closure and they can now begin to rebuild and move on with their lives.”
Mr Boardman, 53, died shortly after the attack in a flat on Glen Eldon Road, St Annes, in June.
At Preston Crown Court, Roger Farley, prosecuting, described how Brookes and Mr Boardman had never met, but came to be in the same flat after Mr Boardman was asked to collect something by a mutual friend who lived there.
Mr Farley described how Brookes, who was at the flat with his girlfriend, quickly “became aggressive” and launched the attack on Mr Boardman. In mitigation, David Fish said Boardman, who pleaded guilty to murder an earlier hearing, had intended to hurt Mr Boardman but not kill him.
Sentencing Brookes to life in jail, Judge Stuart Baker said: “No sentence I can impose can undo the needless loss of life or minimise the distress and grief which Mr Boardman’s family have experienced.”