A MURDERER and his accomplice who went on the run in Blackpool have been jailed.
Glen Mould repeatedly bludgeoned 31-year-old Dominic Bibby with a baseball bat in a row over money.
He then asked Terrence Swallow to help him move and clean blood from the body to make it seem as though he had died in his sleep.
The pair then fled the scene but were traced to Le Horizon hotel on Bairstow Street in central Blackpool.
The owner of the hotel, who did not wish to be named, today spoke of her horror at realising the thugs were hiding out in her property.
She said: “They told us there had been a family argument and they needed somewhere to stay for a few nights.
“They were quite cool, they just calmly came in and then stayed up in their room. We were incredibly shocked to realise we’d had people here who were capable of murder. It was so surreal.”
Mould, 36, of no fixed address, had previously pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Bibby who was found dead at his home on Delph Close in Blackburn on Wednesday, December 22.
He was jailed for life and must serve a minimum term behind bars of 15 years and 176 days.
Terrence Swallow, 37, of Walton Street, Accrington, was jailed for 16 months after he earlier pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
The court heard Mr Bibby had died from multiple injuries.
Mould and Mr Bibby had been friends. Mould then began renting a room from Mr Bibby.
The prosecution claimed that not long after he moved in, Mould began to assault him on a regular basis and even used a baseball bat during his attacks.
A post mortem examination found Mr Bibby must have been struck 35 to 40 blows with the bat.
Both Mould and Swallow were declared as wanted by Lancashire Police and a major manhunt was launched.
They were both arrested five days later at Le Horizon.
Det Chief Insp Neil Howarth, from the force major investigation team, said: “We had pictures of the two men which were circulated to hotels in the area.
“This was followed up with good policing and door to door inquiries. I would like to offer my gratitude to the hoteliers in Blackpool for assisting in this inquiry.”