THE family of murdered Sheffield businessman Anthony Power today vowed not to let his brutal death define him - as his killer was sentenced to life behind bars.
Danny Power, youngest son of the Panache lingerie firm founder, said his beloved dad’s spirit would live on in his children and grandchildren.
“The way our dad died will not define him,” said Danny, 37, outside Sheffield Crown Court.
“Dad’s life - his generosity, hard work and integrity - will define him. He was our fun-loving dad.”
Mr Power’s killer, Imran Khan, 30, will spend at least 26-and-a-half years in jail for kicking, stamping and punching his victim to death in High Hazels Park, Darnall, last October.
The 78-year-old, from Bradway, suffered ‘catastrophic’ brain damage from blows to his head and face, and died in hospital 18 days later with his family at his bedside.
Khan was found at the wheel of Mr Power’s luxury Bentley car, then fled, moments before police found his victim beaten in the park.
Sheffield’s top judge Alan Goldsack QC said the attack was a ‘truly awful offence’, which happened as Mr Power searched for his missing brother Noel, who suffers from dementia.
Judge Goldsack said: “Mr Power went into the park looking for his brother without any thought for his own safety.
“He had four children, grandchildren, and lived for his immediate and extended family. He provided employment for many, and ran his business like an extended family.”
Mr Power’s family sighed in relief in the public gallery as jurors found Khan - a father-of-one from Handsworth Road, Darnall - guilty of murder after just 90 minutes’ deliberation.
Danny said: “We believe justice has prevailed and want to thank the police and legal team for their work and the compassion they have shown our family.”
Det Insp Martin Tate, who led the investigation for South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a tragic and unnecessary loss of life. I am pleased with the verdict and that Imran Khan has been held to account.
“My thoughts remain with Mr Power’s family, who can hopefully find some comfort that justice has been done.”