An Isle of wight man has been jailed for more than 24 years for the murder of Gerard White on the Isle of Wight.
Jonathan Christopher Stasiuk, 60, of Pier Street, Sandown, admitted the murder at Southampton Crown Court on Tuesday 12 November, during his trial.
He had previously denied murder and attempted to enter an alternative plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Police were called by Stasiuk himself on the afternoon of Monday 27 May, reporting the murder which took place in the Lake Community Gardens, near Scotchells Brook Lane in Lake.
Officers attended and found 73-year-old Mr White, of Talbot Road, Sandown, dead at the scene.
Today (Thursday 14 November) Stasiuk was jailed for 24 years and six months.
Mr White’s wife, Lee, has released the following statement on behalf of the family:
“Gerry’s family is relieved that the accused has admitted being ‘guilty of murder’.
“Heartfelt thanks are due to the police, prosecution, court staff and all those involved in the case for the hard work they put into the investigation and trial, contributing to this satisfactory outcome.
“The family has been provided with professional and caring help and guidance by police liaison officers and Victim Support.
“The tragic loss of Gerry has left a huge hole in the lives of family and friends. We cannot hope to ever get over it.
“While nothing will bring my husband back, we have justice for him, and for this we are very grateful.”