Killer burglar jailed for life

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A mum whose beloved husband was murdered when he confronted a ‘committed career criminal’ who was trying to steal his car has spoken of her ‘total and utter’ heartbreak.

Mandy Armitage’s emotional statement was read out at Sheffield Crown Court before Dean Armitage’s killer David Matthew Sindall was jailed for life and told he must serve at least 24 years behind bars.

Dean Armitage

Dean Armitage

“My husband Dean meant the world to me and losing him is the hardest thing that I have ever had to suffer,” said Mrs Armitage.

“I sat by his bedside taking devastating news after devastating news, not eating or sleeping but willing him to get better but it was not to be.

“I would not wish what we’ve been through on anyone - we have been left totally and utterly heart broken and devastated.

“Dean will never get to see his three children get married and our two daughters will not have their dad by their side on their special day to walk them down the aisle. He will never get to see the grandchildren he so longed for.”

Haulage firm boss Dean - described as a man who worked hard to provide for his family - suffered fatal skull fractures after he confronted Sindall at his home in Skiers View Road, Hoyland, last July.

Sindall, a ‘committed burglar’ with a string of previous convictions had broken into the family home and stolen the keys to Dean’s Range Rover.

In his desperation to get away, Sindall pushed Dean to the ground, struck him with a torch then punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The 49-year-old dad died in hospital three weeks later.

Jailing Sindall, aged 34, of Selbourne Street, Eastwood, Rotherham, Mr Justice Stephen Males said it was a murder of ‘particularly high seriousness’.

“It was a murder done for gain in the course of a burglary and an attempt to steal the Armitages’ car,” he said.