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Hattersley man jailed for life for Peter Boustead murder

Adam Hamnett
Image caption Hamnett was jailed for a minimum of 20 years

A man who admitted murdering a man at his home in Greater Manchester has been jailed for life.

Peter Boustead, 58, known as Geordie Pete, was found dead at his home in Colborne Grove, Hattersley, on 7 March.

Adam Hamnett, 23, of Milverton Walk, Hattersley, slashed him with a knife and smashed a bottle over his head before stealing cash from his wallet.

He was sentenced to life at Manchester Crown Court and must serve a minimum term of 20 years.

Outside court, police said Hamnett attacked Mr Boustead to get money to pay back a blind man he had robbed days earlier.

Hamnett had taken about £50 in cash from the blind man and used his credit card, officers said.

When he confessed to a friend, they warned him that unless he paid the money back they would report him to the police.

Image caption Peter Boustead suffered multiple stab wounds

Senior Investigating Officer Vinny Chadwick said: "This was a terribly violent attack on a vulnerable man, carried out to get money.

"Hamnett knew he had to pay back the money he had stolen from a blind man before he killed Peter, and he admitted stealing Peter's money, but why he carried out such a violent assault on a man he knew only he can answer.

"As a result, he robbed Peter's family and friends of someone they loved."

Mr Boustead's family said he was a "big-hearted man without a malicious bone in his body".

They added: "Although he had a lot of health problems of his own, he was always there, ready to do a good turn for others.

"A bachelor to the end, he was content with his lot in life, not ambitious for himself, but proud of the any achievements made by members of his family."

Correction 1 September 2011: This story has been amended to make it clear that Adam Hamnett was not charged with robbery.

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