Chesterfield pensioner murder: Live coverage as Chesterfield man who killed pensioner and 'fed him to the badgers' is due to be sentenced

We are here at the sentencing of Daniel Walsh – who was found guilty on Friday at Derby Crown Court of murdering Chesterfield pensioner Graham Snell.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 11:32 am
Updated Monday, 14th December 2020, 2:14 pm

Walsh, 30, murdered the 71-year-old in June at the house they were sharing in Marsden Street after Mr Snell discovered Walsh had been stealing his money, and reported him to the police.

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Walsh had then dismembered Mr Snell and dumped his remains in a badgers’ set and communal bins at the flats where his brother lived.

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Daniel Walsh will be sentenced today at Derby Crown Court for the murder of Graham Snell

Chesterfield pensioner murder: Live coverage as man is due to be sentenced over murder of pensioner

Last updated: Monday, 14 December, 2020, 13:07

  • We are here at the sentencing of Daniel Walsh – who was found guilty on Friday at Derby Crown Court of murdering Chesterfield pensioner Graham Snell.
  • Follow our live blog for all the latest updates.

There has been a slight delay in proceedings and the case is due to be heard at about noon. 

Proceedings are about to get underway.

Walsh is now arguing that he wants legal representation before he is sentenced. The judge is going to adjourn matters until January 4 to allow Walsh to put a new legal team in place.

Peter Joyce QC is now reading victim impact statements from Mr Snell's relatives.

Peter Joyce QC read out a victim impact statement from a relative of Mr Snell's who described Walsh's actions as 'disgusting'.

Walsh has raised his hand and asked to know the name of the relative, who was not named in court.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC has told Walsh that he will be sentenced on January 4 whether he has a new legal team or not. She reminded Walsh that he had been found guilty of murder and that he faced a life sentence. The only question was the minimum term that would be set before he could be eligible for parole. 

The judge has said that she is making the unusual decision of adjourning the case because of the grave nature of the matters Walsh has been convicted of.

We'll be back on January 4 to report on proceedings.

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