A man has been found guilty of murdering the father of a missing Blackpool teenager and jailed for life.
Frank Chivers, 49, the father of missing Paige Chivers, never regained consciousness following an attack at his high rise flat, carried out by a man he had allowed to stay in his home.
He died from a bleed on the brain.
A post mortem examination found he had a mark on his cheek and neck consistent with having been kicked, causing his head to twist.
Sean Conlon, 44, had denied murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter but was today convicted of murder by a majority verdict following his Preston Crown Court trial.
He will serve a minimum term of fifteen years.
The unprovoked attack in August last year was sparked by an argument over £20s that had allegedly gone missing from the bag of Conlon’s girlfriend.
He accused Mr Chivers and his friend Sharon Garnett.
Conlon claimed in evidence that he had not touched the other man, who had simply keeled over.
He sacked his legal team on the last day of his trial.
In passing the life term, Judge Anthony Russell QC told Conlon “You are a bully and like most bullies, also a coward, because people who use their feet as weapons are usually cowards.
“You have a reputation and people are frightened of you”.