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Sheffield killer set fire to victim's house to cover tracks

Paul Cain Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Paul Cain was found guilty of murdering Cy Cooper following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court

A man who kicked, punched and stamped another man to death in a "ferocious attack" before starting a fire at his victim's home in a bid to cover his tracks has been found guilty of murder.

Paul Cain killed Cy Cooper at a house in Sheffield, in July, before setting it alight. He then told police he had tried to pull Mr Cooper from the fire.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Cooper suffered more than 80 injuries.

Cain, 24, of no fixed address, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Cain attacked 44-year-old Mr Cooper at his home in Bluebell Close, Wincobank, following a row over relatives and living arrangements in the early hours of 29 July.

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Image caption Cy Cooper was killed by Paul Cain at his home in Wincobank, Sheffield

Det Ch Insp Dave Stopford said: "Cain violently attacked Mr Cooper, leaving him for dead, and then attempted to cover his tracks by setting the property on fire.

"He later claimed that he had rushed into the burning building to pull Mr Cooper out [but] this was merely an attempt by Cain to try and explain why forensic evidence was found on his clothing.

"Mr Cooper was a kind-hearted man who was well liked and respectable.

"He died because of the injuries inflicted by Cain, who then believed he could outwit the authorities and get away with murder."

Cain was convicted of murder following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Mr Cooper's sister said her brother "will always be missed".

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