Richard Sherratt murder: Pair given life sentences

Richard Sherratt
Image caption Richard Sherratt was subjected to a "callous and brutal ordeal"

A prostitute and her boyfriend have both been jailed for life for murdering one of her former clients.

The body of Richard Sherratt, 57, was found at his flat in Old School Mews in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on 14 June.

Emma Bate, of Gladstone Street, Birmingham, was convicted in January. She had previously admitted robbery and making false representation.

Paramjit Singh, 33, of Willmore Road in Perry Barr, Birmingham, had already admitted all three charges.

Bate, 26, was told during sentencing at Stafford Crown Court she would spend a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Singh must serve at least 18 years and four months.

During Bate's 13-day trial, the court heard she and Singh were captured on CCTV kissing, just hours after torturing and killing Mr Sherratt.

The jury was told father-of-three Mr Sherratt had been beaten by the pair for his bank details and Pin code, after they had broken into his flat.

Image caption CCTV footage showed Bate celebrating after withdrawing money from Mr Sherratt's account

'Motivated by greed'

He suffered 38 separate injuries in what police described as a "callous and brutal ordeal".

The court was told CCTV cameras at a cash machine in Handsworth later pictured Bate waving her arms celebrating after withdrawing money from the dead man's account.

The court heard Bate and Singh were drug-users and were to use the money to fund their crack-cocaine habits and pay off debts.

Jurors heard Mr Sherratt was a former client of Bate but the relationship had soured and he broke off contact weeks before his death.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Insp Steve Tonks of West Mercia Police said Bate and Singh had been motivated by greed.

"They planned to travel late at night when they knew Mr Sherratt would be at home and would be asleep," he said.

A third defendant, Michael Smith, 51, of Horton Road, Tipton, was found not guilty of robbery and dishonestly making false representation.

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