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Pair jailed for life for pensioner murder

Rocky Curtis (left) and Robert Holmes (right) who have been sentenced for murder

Rocky Curtis (left) and Robert Holmes (right) who have been sentenced for murder

Two Wisbech men who killed a grandfather by pouring boiling water over him, have been sentenced to a total of 54 years in jail.

Rocky Curtis (25), of Newbridge Lane, Wisbech and Robert Michael Holmes (24), of Redmoor Lane, Wisbech, were convicted of the murder of 72-year-old grandfather Sonny Gray at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

Today Curtis was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 28 years. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 26 years.

Sonny Gray was attacked in his home, a semi-detached council house, in Westwick Gardens in Lincoln at around 6.40pm on October 29, 2011.

Offenders entered the house, beat Mr Gray, poured boiling water from a kettle over him, causing horrific scalding injuries.

They also put a ligature around his neck and throttled him. They then ransacked the property, before stealing property including jewellery. They left the scene in a VW Touareg.

Det Supt Stuart Morrison said: “This is an extremely significant sentence and it will send a very clear message to anyone committing violent crime in Lincolnshire and the rest of the East Midlands.

“This kind of mindless brutality will not be tolerated and we will use the staff and resources of the combined five forces in the East Midlands to bring to justice anyone committing such crimes.

“This was a horrendous attack on a 72-year-old man carried out by vicious thugs who used a horrific level of violence.

“Mr Gray died in a considerable amount of pain and this has caused his family an enormous amount of distress over that the last year or so.

“We hope this sentence offers them some small consolation that justice has been done and that they may now be able to start moving forward with their lives.”

 
 
 

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