Kidderminster man jailed for life for murder of Paul Lundy
A Kidderminster man has been jailed for life for the murder of 48-year-old Paul Lundy.
Nathan Calder, 28, of Eddy Road, must serve a minimum of 17 years in prison.
Mr Lundy's housemate discovered him in a pool of blood and with notable facial injuries at his home in Broad Street, Kidderminster, at around 10.30pm on Thursday, May 23.
West Mercia Police launched a murder investigation and officers arrested Nathan Calder the following day. He provided a statement to police and admitted to stabbing Mr Lundy, and was charged with murder on May 28.
Calder pleaded not guilty to murder in court and following a two-week trial at Worcester Crown Court, on December 10 he was found guilty.
On Thursday Calder was sentenced to life in prison and must serve a minimum of 17 years.
Following the guilty verdict, Mr Lundy's family said in a statement they "miss him every single day".
They said: "We are as a family absolutely devastated by the loss of Paul and it has been difficult to sit through the court case listening to the details of his death and seeing his final movements.
“We miss him every single day and our lives will never be the same again. Our family will never be the same again.
"Paul was the life and soul of any family event and his presence is missed.
“We would never want anyone to lose a loved one in this way or go through what we have over these past six months. We would like to thank West Mercia Police and the prosecution counsel for all of their hard work on getting justice for Paul, and their support during the most difficult time in our lives.”
West Mercia Police senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Carl Moore said: "Nathan Calder committed this horrific attack on Paul Lundy, in his own home, leaving him there to be discovered the following evening by his friend and housemate.
“The investigation established that on Wednesday, May 22, Calder had been in Paul’s home, in Kidderminster, after CCTV footage captured that they both visited the local shop before returning there.
"In the time Calder was in Paul’s home, he attacked and murdered him, showing a total lack of regard for human life.
"He has been found guilty of this horrific crime and this dangerous man will now face justice.
"Our thoughts remain with Paul’s family and friends as they continue to come to terms with his death. Whilst no length of sentence can ever ease the pain felt by Paul’s loss, I hope the verdict and sentence will provide a small sense of closure for his family.”
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