Riley Turner murder: Anwar Rosser given whole-life sentence

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The court was told it might never be known why Anwar Rosser attacked Riley Turner

A man who murdered a four-year-old boy in a "savage and sadistic" attack has been given a whole-life sentence.

Former soldier Anwar Rosser, 33, was staying with Riley Turner's family at their home in Keighley, West Yorkshire, when he killed the sleeping child.

Bradford Crown Court heard it might never be known why Rosser, who was described as a "psychotic, bullying alcoholic", carried out the attack.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Coulson said: "You must go to prison for life."

The court was told Riley's family had allowed Rosser to stay at their home in Harewood Road in Bracken Bank when he killed Riley on 20 January 2013.

There were loud outbursts from the family in the public gallery as Rosser, who admitted murder, was sentenced to life by the judge.

In a statement, the family said: "While justice has now been done, no sentence will ever be enough for what we are going through and what that man has done to our family.

"It will not bring our little man back."

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Riley Turner's family said "justice has now been done"

Det Supt Mark Ridley, of West Yorkshire Police, said it had been an "incredibly horrifying and tragic case which has had a profound effect on all those involved in the investigation."

He added: "Riley was a very much-loved son, grandson and brother who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

"Rosser abused the kindness and compassion shown to him by Riley's family, when they allowed him to stay in the safety of their own home.

"He has shown no remorse or compassion for the pain suffered by Riley's family by offering an explanation for his savage and gratuitous actions."

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