Life sentence for homeless man’s murder

Must archive'Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre / view
Must archive'Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre / view

A man has been jailed for a minimum of 25 years after he was convicted of the murder of a dad in Lancaster.

Bernard McSorley, 53, of no fixed address, denied murdering Paul McDonagh in Lancaster last year, but was convicted following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

He was jailed at Preston Crown Court and sentenced to life imprisonment and told he would serve at least 25 years before being considered before parole.

Mr McDonagh, 30, was found deceased at the rear of St James Court, Lancaster at shortly after 1.30pm on October 29.

The death was initially treated as non-suspicious but following some further enquiries and a Home Office Post Mortem examination which revealed Mr McDonagh had been stabbed, McSorley was charged with his murder.

Det Sgt Mark Haworth-Oates, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a particularly brutal and cowardly attack on a man who was posing no threat and who had no warning or opportunity to defend himself.

“Paul McDonagh had found himself living on the street in the weeks prior to his fatal stabbing after his relationship broke up.

“It was an environment with which he was unfamiliar and this made him vulnerable.

“McSorley stabbed Paul in a town centre street, busy with shoppers, in the middle of the day in an attack fuelled by the defendant’s jealousy.

“As the Judge stated in sentencing, the defendant has not shown an ounce of remorse and this is reflected in the sentence that has been imposed.

“The verdict and sentence will hopefully allow the family of Paul to begin to move on with their lives knowing that justice has been done and our thoughts remain with them and with Paul’s friends.”