Lee McClatchley sentenced to life in prison


Lee McClatchley (31) has today been sentenced to life in prison at Bristol Crown Court following a three week trial.

Lee McClatchley was found guilty of the murder of pensioner Tony Swift (68) at the pensioner’s home in Cheltenham.

It was the second time he had faced the court accused of murdering Mr Swift, last year a jury at Bristol Crown Court failed to reach a majority verdict.

After a second trial, the jury agreed that McClatchley had beaten Mr Swift around the head resulting in his death.

CPS South West District Crown Prosecutor Jill MacNamara said ”This was a callous and vicious attack on an elderly gentleman in his own home.”

The Honourable Mrs Justice Jefford ruled that the killing of Mr Swift was a murder for gain and sentenced Lee McClatchley to life in prison where he will serve a minimum of a 26 year term before he can be considered for release by the Parole Board. The length of this sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence.

Jill added “Today's sentence will hopefully now bring some closure to Tony Swift's family now that the man responsible will serve a lengthy sentence for his actions of that fatal day.”