Giuseppe Miceli coin dealer murder: Mark Ellson guilty

Giuseppe Miceli Image copyright Philip Mussell
Image caption Giuseppe Miceli was found dead at his home in Northampton

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a 71-year-old coin dealer and medal trader he was trying to steal from.

Giuseppe "Joe" Miceli was found dead at his home in Duston, Northampton, last July. He had suffered head injuries.

Mark Ellson, 41, of no fixed address, will serve a minimum of 24 years.

A jury at Northampton Crown Court returned a unanimous guilty verdict on Friday. Ellson had admitted manslaughter but denied murder.

'Cruel and brutal'

Det Insp Louise Hemingway, of Northamptonshire Police, said: "Mark Ellson is a dangerous individual who knew full well the potential consequences of his actions in July when he went to steal from Joe Miceli.

"This was an absolutely senseless killing of a vulnerable, elderly man in his own home.

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Image caption Mark Ellson is dangerous, police said

"Ellson acted in a cold and calculating manner and has shown no remorse for what he has done.

"He sought to diminish his responsibility by attempting to blame Joe for causing the assault which killed him.

"I hope he now has the opportunity to reflect on what he has done, he accepts responsibility for his actions and shows some remorse for taking away a life in such a cruel manner."

Mr Miceli's family said in a statement: "We welcome the verdict of the court and the sentence given to Mark Ellson.

"He was taken from us in such a cruel and brutal way by a man who targeted a defenceless, disabled pensioner because he had money he could steal.

"Ellson was a cold and calculating individual who left a vulnerable man beaten and dying and we hope he stays locked up for a very long time."

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