Killing sent 'shockwaves' across Weston

PUBLISHED: 16:34 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:34 04 August 2014

Ryan Sheppard will serve a minimum of 12 years and three months. Photo by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Ryan Sheppard will serve a minimum of 12 years and three months. Photo by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

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THE sentencing of a murderer who sent 'shockwaves' across Weston, proves the police's determination to put violent criminals behind bars.

That is the view of Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Detective Inspector Lorna Dallimore following the jailing of Ryan Sheppard this afternoon (Mon).

The 18-year-old, of Sunnyside Road, will serve at least 12 years and three months before being considered for parole after killing 35-year-old Mark Roberts last October.

Det Insp Dallimore said: “Mark died following a brutal and unprovoked assault as he walked home following a night out.

“There was no reason for Ryan Sheppard to suddenly turn on Mark and beat him to death but that is what happened.

“Now, as he begins a lengthy prison sentence, he must face up to the consequences of his actions.

“This murder sent shockwaves through the community and left people feeling stunned, angry and upset.

“I would like to thank the community for their support as we investigated Mark’s death and I hope the result today demonstrates our determination to investigate violent crime and put offenders before the courts.”

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