A man from England murdered his step-grandfather after witnessing him "appearing to have sex" with his mother, BBC reports. Michael McDonald, 25, claimed he lost control of himself when he saw his mother, Terri Hurry, 42, "having sex" with her 78-year-old father-in-law, Brian Hurry.
According to The Telegraph, Hurry was killed after being hit repeatedly with the metal bar of a dumbbell at his home last summer. McDonald reportedly lured him into a bathroom, where he attacked him.
"I walked to the bedroom, opened the door and I saw my mum with her top and bra off sitting on top of my grandad with my grandad's hands on her waist," McDonald told the court during his murder trial, according to Essex Live. "I was used to it so it wasn't anything new. I have seen it most of my life. The first time I saw it was with my dad. I saw them having sex. She had lots of men all the time because my mum used to say to me when I was younger that she was just trying to find the right man, to find a proper dad for me."
McDonald was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the murder, according to Essex Live.
"Brian Hurry was an innocent victim, who was subjected to a brutal attack by a trusted family member,” Det. Ch Insp Martin Pasmore of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said. “The defendants have not shown any remorse and will now have ample time to reflect on their actions. This has been an extremely traumatic investigation for Mr Hurry's family, who have lost a dearly loved father in the most appalling way.”
McDonald previously denied killing his grandfather and, instead, blamed his mother for his death.
McDonald's mother has been cleared of the murder, but a jury found her guilty of perverting the course of justice. She was sentenced for three-and-a-half years. McDonald's girlfriend, Anna Blackwell, 21, admitted a charge of perverting the course of justice for giving a false alibi for her boyfriend. She was handed 18 months in jail.
[Photo: Essex Police]
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