David Rimmer death: St Helens teenager given life sentence

Anthony Hallard Image copyright Police
Image caption Anthony Hallard will begin his life sentence at a secure psychiatric unit on Merseyside

A teenager with mental health problems has been given a life sentence for killing a man in a "callous and vicious" attack.

Police found the body of David Rimmer, 69, in a flat on Borough Road, St Helens on 13 September 2013.

Anthony Hallard, 19, of Rainhill Road, St Helens, was told he must serve a minimum term of seven years 205 days.

He pleaded guilty earlier at Liverpool Crown Court to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The judge, Mr Justice Edis QC, said, because of his mental health, Hallard will be sent back to the Scott Clinic at Rainhill for further treatment.

Det Insp Paul Grounds, of Merseyside Police, said it had been a "callous and vicious attack".

"Our thoughts are with the family at this time and we hope that the conviction today may go some way to providing some sort of closure," he added.

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