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Clement Desmier stab murder accused found guilty

Nathan Jefferson (L) and David Lawler Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Nathan Jefferson (L) and David Lawler (R)are both due to be sentenced on 23 March

A man has been found guilty of murdering a pensioner who was stabbed to death in a brutal attack.

David Lawler was convicted of killing Clement "Butch" Desmier, 68, who died after sustaining more than 60 injuries.

Mr Desmier was found dead at his home in Bradford in August 2012 after being stabbed with a screwdriver and a knife.

Lawler, 33, formerly of Central Avenue, Shipley, was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of murder and two counts of intimidating a witness.

Nathan Jefferson, 20, of Springwell View, Holbeck, Leeds, admitted murdering Mr Desmier, of Rowlestone Rise, Greengates, before the trial began.

Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Mr Desmier died after he suffered more than 60 wounds when he was stabbed with a screwdriver and a knife

A family statement said: "The loss of our father has had a devastating impact on our lives.

"The fact that he was a vulnerable old age pensioner, viciously attacked in his own home with weapons, will haunt us all for the rest of our lives.

"Two ruthless individuals with no regard for life ripped our lives apart that day and we will never recover from that."

The family also praised the courage of individuals that provided information to the police about Lawler and Jefferson's involvement.

Det Ch Supt Mark Ridley said it had been a lengthy and complex investigation into a "brutal and sustained attack on a vulnerable, elderly man".

The court was told it was likely Mr Desmier's injuries were inflicted as he was sitting in his armchair.

Both defendants are due to be sentenced on 23 March.

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