A detective has told how a robber who killed a man during a raid on his home has shown “no remorse” for his crimes.
Wayne Muirhead, aged 41, broke into 61-year-old Stephen Starkey’s home in Reney Crescent, Lowedges, on Christmas Day 2014 seriously assaulted him and stole £1, 500 in cash, a mobile phone and a Playstation. Mr Starkey died five days later in hospital.
Muirhead, of Batemoor Road, Batemoor, denied manslaughter and two offences of robbery but was convicted by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.
After the hearing, detective inspector Richard Partridge said: “Mr Starkey was taken to hospital on Christmas Day and died five days later.
“An initial post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests were ordered to determine the cause of death. Mr Starkey was alcohol dependent and his liver was damaged, which when combined with painkillers for his injuries, resulted in paracetamol toxicity that tragically caused his death.
“Had Muirhead not viciously attacked Mr Starkey in his own home, there is no doubt in my mind he would still be alive now and celebrating Christmas with his family.
“Muirhead has not shown any remorse for his deplorable and selfish actions that day, and it is abundantly clear he was thinking of only himself and gave no thought for Mr Starkey or the devastating effect his greed would have.”
Detectives arrested Muirhead a couple of days after the robbery when the mobile phone he had stolen from Mr Starkey was recovered and officers traced the calls and text messages made from the phone back to Muirhead.
As part of the investigation, detectives were also able to link Muirhead to a previous robbery against Mr Starkey, again in his own home, on Saturday, November 7 this year, where he stole £280 in cash and another mobile phone.
Muirhead has been remanded until the New Year when he will be sentenced.