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A callous drug addict who murdered his good friend earlier than returning to his home to steal his labradoodle has been jailed for no less than 19 years

Ian Connell, 39, strangled Donald Prentice Patience, 45, after he refused to provide him extra money to feed his heroin and crack cocaine behavior.

The physique of Mr Patience, identified to household and pals as Prent, was ­found in a cover cowl on the ­backside of his stairs after police have been known as to experiences of a housebreaking.

A postman dialled 999 when he noticed a person climb by a window of the property in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, on August 22 final 12 months.

Connell was discovered close by with Mr Patience’s labradoodle, Layla. Prosecutor Michael Hayton KC informed Manchester Crown Court Connell preyed upon Mr Patience – who had money from household property – and obtained hundreds of kilos. Sentencing Connell to life, Mrs Justice Ellenbogen informed him: “You had a habit which you had no legitimate means of funding.”

The Scottish sufferer had been a ­statistician however had a breakdown.

After a automotive accident he started to drink extra, grew to become hooked on painkillers and his marriage collapsed.

The decide informed Connell: “Having met Donald Patience, you found a source of funding and exploited his generosity and loneliness.

“You demonstrated during your trial you are capable of a flash of ­temper. Having come to rely upon Mr Patience’s funding of your addiction, you had become increasingly angry and frustrated at his unwillingness to lend you money.

“You strangled him in a fit of rage.

“In the last few days of his life you showed a callous disregard for his vulnerability, welfare and needs. He had become somewhat reclusive and had been battling his own demons.

“He was an educated and talented man whose desire for company and friendship you shamelessly took advantage of, prioritising your own insatiable need for your next fix. You have shown no remorse.”

For the household Mr Patience’s sister-in-law Julie Patience informed the court docket: “His three children are heartbroken”.

She added he was “one of the most kindest and generous people I know” however “this kindness ended in tragedy”.