Anthony Hughes gets life for father's murder in Darwen

Anthony Hughes Anthony Hughes was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years and eight months in jail

A man has been jailed for life for "brutally" murdering his father in Lancashire.

Brian Hughes, 60, was found by police at The Lea, Darwen, in the early hours of 31 March. A post-mortem examination found he died from head injuries.

Thirty-two-year-old Anthony Hughes, who lived with his father, pleaded guilty to the murder at an earlier hearing at Preston Crown Court.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years and eight months in prison.

'Cowardly and sustained'
Brian Hughes Police praised the family and friends of Brian Hughes for their stoicism

Det Insp Andy Hulme said: "This was a cowardly and sustained attack on an innocent man.

"Anthony Hughes has shown absolutely no regard for his father and now faces a considerable custodial sentence to consider what he has done.''

He praised the "stoicism" of the family and friends of Brian Hughes who he said had "remained dignified" throughout such a difficult time.

Sophie Lorimer, senior CPS prosecutor: "The CPS has worked closely alongside the police to bring Anthony Hughes to justice for the brutal attack on his father and he must now face up to the consequences of his dreadful actions.

"The family and friends of Brian Hughes have acted admirably throughout this extremely distressing case and I would like to express my gratitude to them for their continued assistance and support."

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