Lodger, 30, who murdered his uncle, 71, before 'feeding his remains to badgers' ...

A depraved lodger who butchered his pensioner uncle and tried to feed his dismembered body to badgers after stealing hundreds of pounds from him was today jailed for life.  

Daniel Walsh, 30, murdered Graham Snell after the 71-year-old caught him stealing from his bank account in June 2019.

He then caught a taxi to a DIY store to buy two handsaws which he used to cut up his 'much-loved' victim into 10 pieces.

Walsh stuffed most of the remains down a badger den and dumped the other body parts in communal bins and remote woodland in Chesterfield.

The killer then 'took himself away from the horror' by going on an alcohol and drugs binge with the stolen cash, visiting casinos and amusement arcades in Matlock, Derbyshire, and massage parlours in Sheffield. 

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Police arrested Walsh 10 days later, following reports by neighbours who reported not seeing Mr Snell for some time.  

Walsh initially denied murder and claimed he had found Mr Snell's body in a bedroom following a drinking sessions and said he 'panicked' and got rid of it out of fear of being blamed for the death. 

But a jury found him guilty of the charge last month following a three-week trial at Derby Crown Court.    

Daniel Walsh

Graham Snell

Daniel Walsh (left), 30, murdered Graham Snell (right) and cut up his 'much-loved' victim into 10 pieces after the 71-year-old caught him stealing from his bank account in June 2019

Walsh stuffed most of Mr Snell's remains down a badger den and dumped the other body parts in communal bins and remote woodland in Chesterfield

Walsh stuffed most of Mr Snell's remains down a badger den and dumped the other body parts in communal bins and remote woodland in Chesterfield 

Walsh refused to return to court or appear via video-link from prison for sentencing today, but was jailed for life in his absence and told he must serve at least 27 years before he can be considered for parole.

The court also heard that  Walsh was jailed for six months in 2009 for stealing £5,000 from Mr Snell and in 2014 was convicted of assaulting his uncle by punching him twice in the head. 

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Judge Nirmal Shant QC, sentencing, said: 'It is plain that as soon as you [Walsh] moved in - or before - you decided to defraud him of his modest savings. You set about taking charge of his money.

'Mr Snell became aware and foiled it by going to his bank and reporting you had carried out fraudulent transactions. He was advised to tell the police.'

The judge added that Walsh then killed his victim - but it was impossible to say how he died, became of the 'gruesome' dismemberment of his body.

She said: 'He was vulnerable because of his age, and was killed in his own home where he was entitled to feel safe.

'You did everything in your power to get away with the murder of Mr Snell. 

'Having systematically cut him to pieces, over a number of days, you went to a badger sett in the hope, no doubt, he would be eaten by badgers. You literally fed him to the badgers.

'Nothing I can say or do can ease the pain for Mr Snell's family, friends, and neighbours.'

Jurors were told that Mr Snell, described as a 'quiet man and good neighbour', went to police on June 19 last year to complain Walsh had been illegally accessing his bank account.

Peter

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