Life sentence for South Yorkshire killer

Violent killer John Sowden.
Violent killer John Sowden.
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A life sentence with a minimum of 15 years has been handed to the South Yorkshire man convicted of the murder of Christopher Rooney last September.

Mr Rooney, aged 48, suffered multiple injuries to his head and body in a sustained attack at his home in Auckland Road by John Sowden, which resulted in his death, in the early hours of Sunday, September 2.

Sowden, aged 44, of Elm Road, Mexborough, was arrested and charged the same day.

After the guilty verdict Mr Rooney’s family said: “We are pleased justice has been done and Sowden has been found guilty of the brutal killing of our Chris.

“He was hoping to start afresh in Mexborough and was befriended by Sowden who took advantage of him.

“He broke into his flat and beat him so badly and left him to die. He had the opportunity to call for an ambulance but he didn’t.

“Our Chris was a great son and brother, and we miss him so very much. While nothing can bring him back, we feel justice has been achieved.”