Thug who killed dad-of-six for his MOBILE PHONE in violent robbery is jailed
A thug who killed a dad-of-six for his mobile phone in a brutal robbery has beenjailed.
Lewis Thornton, 24, punched 54-year-old Stephen Phillips, as he stole his phone on either Derry Road or Birmingham Road, in Wolverhampton , in March 2014.
Mr Phillips’ body was later discovered in his Dudley Road flat by his son on March 12. An initial post-mortem found that his injuries were not consistent with a fall but as a result of an ‘accelerated fall backwards’ after having been assaulted.
An investigation was launched with officers trawling CCTV for evidence. Police discovered that Mr Phillips’ mobile phones were missing and they were able to trace one of them to an address in All Saints Road, where Thornton had been staying with his aunt.
Thornton then handed himself in to police and when questioned said he had found the phone when he heard it ringing on the ground on the evening of March 11 – but further phone examinations found that to be untrue.
Thornton pleaded guilty to robbery and manslaughter and was jailed for 10 years with an additional three years on licence at Wolverhampton Crown Court .
Sentencing Thornton, Judge John Wait told him that Mr Phillips was much-loved, and his son would have to live with the memory of finding his body for life.
Detective Inspector Justin Spanner , from Force CID, said: “This was a complex investigation that involved a large amount of mobile phone analysis.
“Once we had determined the movements of the phone we were then able to track both men on CCTV on the night of the robbery. The exact location of the attack remains unclear to this day but we were able to build a strong case against Thornton regardless.
“We hope that today’s sentencing will bring some closure to Mr Phillips’ family who were left devastated by his death.”