A thief who killed a man as he tried to steal his Range Rover has been told by top judges that he deserves every day of his 24-year minimum jail term.
David Matthew Sindall, aged 34, attacked 49-year-old Dean Armitage on the driveway of the businessman’s home in Hoyland, Barnsley.
Sindall, a career burglar who had previously been jailed for armed robbery, was attempting to steal the 4x4 from haulage boss Mr Armitage’s home on Skiers View Road when he was challenged by the father-of-three, who rushed out of his home after hearing the engine start.
A scuffle ensued and Mr Armitage was clubbed over his head with a torch - causing him to fall to the ground and bang his head.
Sindall then punched and kicked his victim before fleeing.
He shouted ‘I’m gonna show thee.. seriously show thee’ during the attack.
Sindall was jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 24 years behind bars after being found guilty of murder at Sheffield Crown Court in February.
He challenged his ‘tariff’ at London’s Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing the sentence was ‘too long’ and pointing out that there had been no pre-meditation.
But his appeal was dismissed by three of the country’s top judges, who said the sentence was ‘not excessive’.
Lord Justice Fulford said the death had devastated Mr Armitage’s family, adding: “This murder has had truly terrible consequences for the lives of those who were close to this blameless and popular man.”
He added: “It is of some real significance that the fatal heavy blow was delivered with a torch, causing the victim to fall to the ground, where he sustained very serious injury.
“His clear desire was to teach Mr Armitage a lesson, as his words before he attacked him demonstrate.”