Merseyside Police has today, Wednesday 27 October, welcomed the sentencing of a 23-year-old man for the murder of a Wirral pensioner.
David Iwo, of no fixed abode, was today jailed for 33 years for the murder of 69-year-old Martin Decker at his home in Prenton, Wirral, in March this year.
Mr Decker was found at his home in Vyner Croft on the afternoon of Sunday 7 March. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A post mortem revealed he died of a severe blunt force head injury.
Following his killing – which officers believe happened on the evening of Saturday 6 March – Iwo returned on public transport back to his accommodation in Anfield before travelling back to London by train the following day.
Following an extensive investigation and trawl of CCTV footage, detectives were able to trace his steps and he was arrested three days later at a London hotel and returned to Merseyside.
Iwo pleaded guilty to Mr Decker’s murder in September and was today sentenced at Preston Crown Court.
In passing sentence Justice Jacobs commended the investigation team.
Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said, “This was a brutal and senseless killing of an elderly man in his own home which has obviously devastated his family and wide circle of friends and shocked the whole community.
“Following the killing Iwo casually left Mr Decker’s home with bags containing his mobile phone together with jewellery and personal possessions.
“The arrest and prosecution of David Iwo would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the detectives who have worked on this case, viewing hundreds of hours of CCTV footage in order to trace Iwo’s movements which led to his arrest, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their diligence together with our colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service.
“I would also like to commend the family of Mr Decker for their dignity during these legal proceedings and hope that, while no sentence will bring Martin back, knowing Iwo is behind bars for a considerable period of time, will give them the opportunity to finally start grieving their loss.”