Man jailed for Blackpool flat murder

Richard Goss
Image caption Richard Goss showed no regard for human life, police said

A 21-year-old man who battered another man to death in a Blackpool flat has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 13 years.

John Whitham, 48, was found with multiple injuries in a property in Central Drive on 9 July.

Richard Goss, of Central Drive in Blackpool, pleaded guilty to murder at Preston Crown Court on Monday.

Det Supt Neil Esseen, of Lancashire Police, said Mr Whitham was subjected to a "vicious and unprovoked assault".

"It was a reckless and completely unnecessary act brought on by heavy drinking," he added.

"Goss showed absolutely no regard for human life, inflicting fatal injuries on Mr Whitham during a sustained attack and I am pleased that he has received this sentence.

"This case illustrates the dangers and consequences of irresponsible drinking and I just hope that this sentence will offer some closure to Mr Whitham's family."

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