Jail For Reading Murder Of Homeless Man

11 October 2011, 14:12 | Updated: 11 October 2011, 14:43

A 35-year-old man has been jailed for the murder of homeless man 'Tottenham Paul' in Reading in February.

Alan Levey from Southampton Street in Reading pleaded guilty to stabbing Damian Whyte, 33, and has been given a life sentence. He'll serve a minimum of 24 years.

Mr Whyte's body was found by a member of the public at View Island early on 23 February - he'd been stabbed multiple times.

Det Supt Stan Gilmour, Senior Investigating Officer, said:

"Mr Whyte, who was often referred to by his friends as ‘Tottenham Paul’, was well liked, friendly and sociable.

"I would like to express my thanks to all of those involved in the investigation, and subsequent prosecution, for the part they played in reaching this guilty plea; it is testament to their thorough professionalism.

"I know that this conviction is a great relief to Damian's family and trust that the completion of these court proceeding will provide his family and friends with some measure of closure."

Mr Whyte's family thanked police and the Crown Prosecution Service for the way they handled the case and for keeping them informed.