A man has been jailed for life following the murder of Learoy Venner in Anfield last summer.

Kevin Spaine, 43, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 18 years today, Wednesday.

Police were called to a house on Belmont Drive and found Learoy who suffered injuries likened to a car crash.

He was taken to hospital by emergency services where he passed away.

Spaine previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter to Liverpool Crown Court.

Merseyside Police have welcomed the sentence.

Kevin Spaine- Image from Merseyside Police

Detective Chief Inspector Judith Blease said: “Spaine compounded the suffering of Learoy’s family by denying murder, and altering his story to try and avoid responsibility.

“We understand that no sentence passed can ever undo the pain that Learoy’s death caused to his family and friends. But hopefully today’s conviction of Spaine does at least provide some sense of justice being done.”

In a excerpt from a statement read to the court, Learoy’s siblings said:”Learoy had a beautiful personality and such a loving, gentle soul.

“As the case comes to a close we can only hope we might now be able to substance the burden of losing our brother.”

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