Graham Richardson jailed for Peter Battle murder

Police at Whisker Cottage, Full Sutton Peter Battle's body was found at his cottage more than a month after his death

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A man has been jailed for life for the murder of an antiques dealer.

Peter Battle's body was found at his cottage in Full Sutton, near Pocklington in East Yorkshire, on 7 February, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The 56-year-old businessman suffered multiple head injuries and his body lay undiscovered for five weeks.

Graham Richardson, 27, of Norton, North Yorkshire, returned to the cottage to steal several items. He was ordered to spend at least 27 years in prison.

'Ferocious attack'

Richardson had arranged to meet Mr Battle on 30 December 2012.

Det Ch Insp Alistair McFarlane, from Humberside Police, said: "Graham Richardson turned up at Whisker Cottage in Full Sutton, by prior appointment, with intent to steal, by whatever means, the gold items.

"Graham Richardson attacked Peter Battle with such force and ferocity, that over 40 wounds were recorded by the pathologist, including massive head injuries, which proved fatal."

A note was placed on the cottage door after the murder stating Mr Battle had gone away.

Det Ch Insp McFarlane said: "We believe Graham Richardson put that note on the door in order to discourage anyone from trying to get in or trying to do anything further about locating Peter Battle."

Mr Battle's body was found after concerned friends failed to get in touch with him and contacted the police.

Richardson, of Riverside View, had denied murder but was convicted following a five-week trial.

He had previously admitted theft and was acquitted of a separate charge of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

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