Teen jailed for life

Anthony Hallard
Anthony Hallard

A TEENAGER has been jailed for life for killing a St Helens pensioner in his own home.

Anthony Hallard, 19, was convicted of the manslaughter of 69-year-old David Walter Rimmer last week.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of nine years behind bars.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how police were called to a flat in Borough Road, St Helens, at about 9.40pm on September 13, 2013.

The victim, who had suffered serious head injuries, was found in the living room of the property.

Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hallard, of Rainhill Road, St Helens, was initially detained under the Mental Health Act.

Detectives had earlier applied to local magistrates for an extension to continue questioning the teenager.

A force spokeswoman said at the time: “A man arrested on suspicion of murder has been detained under the Mental Health Act for a period of 28 days to allow for medical assessment.”

Forensic officers carried out examinations of the flat, which was cordoned off for several days, and officers carried out house-to-house inquiries.

A subsequent post mortem examination revealed that Mr Rimmer died as a result of a head injury.

Following the sentencing, DI Paul Grounds, of St Helens CID, said: “This was a callous and vicious attack on an elderly gentleman in his own home.

“Detectives carried out a thorough investigation which led to Anthony Hallard being sentenced for manslaughter at court to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of nine years.

“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.”