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Wednesday 22 March 2017, 11:31 AM

A man who murdered a Cheltenham pensioner has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 26 years.

Lee McClatchley, 30 and of Barlow Road, Cheltenham,  was found guilty last week of Tony Swift's murder following a three week re-trial.

68-year-old Tony was killed by McClatchley at Tony's flat in Mendip Road at around midday on Monday 26 October 2015, before McClatchley stole Tony's cannabis and sold it on to others.

Today the judge, the honourable Ms Justice Jefford, ruled that Tony's killing was a murder for gain, which has a sentencing starting point of 30 years. The sentence was set at 26 years imprisonment as there was deemed to be no premeditation on McClatchley's part.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Richard Pegler, said: "Today's sentence brings huge relief for Tony Swift’s family, who have lost a loving and hardworking man. 

"It also brings a great deal of satisfaction to our prosecution team, led by Kate Brunner QC, who organised and presented our case with such quality and care."

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