Gloucester man jailed for murder

13 May 2010, 13:04 | Updated: 13 May 2010, 13:26

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a Gloucester dad.

44-year-old Martin Ridler was found in Columbia Close with serious head injuries on the 9th of August 2009, he died at Frenchay Hospital three days later.

Today 23-year-old Shane Capseed from Gloucester was told he would serve at least 16 years, after pleading guilty to murder.

Guilty of manslaughterAnother man, 29-year-old Robert Sharps from Gloucester, pleaded guilty to Manslaughter and was given 7 years in prison.

Two others,  26-year-old Daniel Croft and 23-year-old Brett Capseed, both from Gloucester, had previously pleaded guilty to Witness Intimidation and will be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Superintendent Dave Sellwood led the investigation:

“This was a vicious and brutal attack which robbed a family of a much loved father.

“We hope today’s sentencing will provide them some comfort and make the people of Gloucestershire feel confident we are tackling serious crime.

“All officers involved have worked tirelessly to bring this case before the courts and are pleased with today’s outcome.”