Man ‘callously’ strangled canine proprietor earlier than returning to steal labradoodle, courtroom advised | UK | News | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Donald Patience

Police on the scene after the invention of the physique of Donald Patience final 12 months (Image: Police handout/SWNS)

A person brutally murdered a canine proprietor by strangling him in his own residence – earlier than returning later steal his sufferer’s beloved labradoodle, a courtroom has been advised.

Donald Patience’s physique initially lay found beneath a quilt cowl on the backside of his stairs by police who responded to stories of a housebreaking on the finish terrace home in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.

A postman had referred to as 999 on the morning of August 22 final 12 months to report seeing a male determine climbing via a rear window of the property, in Ashworth Road, and heard a noise like somebody making an attempt to drive entry.

The identical male later emerged from the again backyard with a “medium-sized, fluffy” white canine on a lead, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The Crown says Ian Connell, 39, was the person who had entered the handle and that a while from August 19 onwards had murdered Mr Patience, generally recognized by his center title Prentice.

Donald Patience

Forensic groups on the scene after the invention of Donald Patience’s physique (Image: SWNS)

Opening the prosecution case on Tuesday, Michael Hayton KC advised jurors that Mr Patience was an “educated man” who had roots in Scotland.

He stated: “He was a man who had access to money. He previously worked, had businesses, and had family money from property. It is right that because of his access to money there were people who wished to prey upon his good nature, borrow money from him – maybe some of those loans would be paid with interest – but the Crown say his financial position is of significance.

“The Crown say it’s the purpose, most likely, that he was discovered deceased and decomposing on the foot of his personal stairs by a police officer following a report of a housebreaking on the property.

“The only possible explanation for Mr Patience’s death is that pressure was applied to his neck until he was dead. He was strangled to death. The most likely explanation is that it followed an argument of some sort about money.

Donald Patience

Donald Patience died in August, 2023 (Image: SWNS)

“Mr Patience’s entry to cash and likewise maybe his good nature led to others profiting from him, abusing his generosity and utilizing his entry to funds.

“The Crown say one such person who sought to take advantage in this way was Ian Connell, and money was central to many of the communications between the two men in the lead up to Mr Patience’s death.

“The Crown doesn’t need to show a motive, however we are saying an affordable conclusion from the proof is that cash was a part of what occurred in Ashworth Road final 12 months.”

Connell, of Duke Street, Bolton, denies the murder of Mr Patience who he later told police he loved “like a brother”. He has also pleaded not guilty to an alternative count of manslaughter.

Jurors were told the defendant also approached two strangers in the street before police arrived at the scene.

Donald Patience

Police launched a murder investigation after finding Donald Patience’s body (Image: SWNS)

Become an Express Premium member
  • Support fearless journalism
  • Read The Daily Express online, advert free
  • Get super-fast page loading

He noticed one of the men had a bandage on his thumb and told them he too had a hand injury as he showed them a “thick, purple mark” across his palm which he said he received after a row with his girlfriend.

Connell was detained on suspicion of burglary when one of the responding police officers recognised the labradoodle from a previous interaction with Mr Patience, the court heard.

He was found to be in possession of a wallet containing Mr Patience’s driving licence and library card.

Mr Hayton said Connell began to “inform the primary of many lies” at the scene and then later in interview following his arrest on suspicion of murder.

He said: “When requested why he was strolling the labradoodle he said Mr Patience had phoned him and requested to stroll it. We say that may be a lie, as a result of Mr Patience had been lifeless for a while. He stated Mr Patience was in Scotland, one other lie. Mr Connell knew that he was lifeless on the backside of the steps.

“The Crown say simply that by August 22 he was certainly dead and he became deceased at some point from August 19 onwards.”

The prosecutor stated the jury will hear proof from a pathologist whose opinion was that Mr Patience died from a “sustained period of pressure to the neck” from both some type of ligature – similar to an merchandise of clothes – or manually by palms.

Donald Patience

Flowers exterior Donald Patience’s residence (Image: SWNS)

Mr Hayton stated Connell initially said to detectives that the property in Ashworth Road was his residence handle and he had lived there for 12 months.

He went on to say Mr Patience was alive when he left the home on August 21, jurors have been advised, however then gave an account through which he stated he wakened on the handle and located Mr Patience deceased earlier than he tried to maneuver him upstairs.

Mr Hayton went on: “He said he couldn’t have killed him because he loved him like a dad or a brother and said he would find who had killed him. He said he lied early in the interview process because of fear. The Crown say the only fear was the fear of being held responsible for what he had done.

“At the center of this case is the query of who killed Donald Patience. The Crown say that the proof will present that the individual accountable is Mr Connell. A person he left regardless of the love he presupposed to really feel for him, a person left decomposing on the ground whereas he callously went about his day-to-day life.”

The trial, estimated to final two weeks, continues tomorrow.