Audenshaw man handed life sentence for murder.
Tuesday 9th December 2014 @ 14:28 by Anna Fletcher
Denton & Audenshaw News
A man has been sentenced for life after he strangled a man and set him alight in Tameside.

David Platt, 39, from Audenshaw has today (Tues 9th) been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to life with a minimum term of 30 years in prison.

He was found guilty of murder and for arson being reckless as to endanger life at an earlier hearing.

The fire service notified police at around 4pm on Saturday 1 March 2014, that they were attending a blaze at Syl’s guest house on Manchester Road in Audenshaw.

Fire fighters were called to the scene at the guest house after sprinklers were set off. When they went inside and searched the property they found the body of John McHale, aged 57.

Mr McHale had suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of firefighters.

He was found in his bedroom buried under a pile of duvets in the foetal position.

Mr McHale had suffered serious injuries, he had been strangled with a ligature and stamped on and then doused in white spirit before being set alight.

When crime scene investigators searched the scene they found one of Platt’s fingerprints on the bottle of white spirit which had been left in Mr McHale’s bedroom.

There was also Platt’s blood on a pillow which was found in the same room.

Also one of the pillows which matched the duvet that covered Mr McHale’s body was found in Platt’s bedroom next door.

DCI Ian Crewe, said: “Platt targeted Mr McHale who was a vulnerable man. He viciously attacked him, strangled him and stamped on him before dousing his body in white sprit and setting him alight.

“It is still not clear what the motive for the attack was. Platt has always denied his involvement and only he knows the real reason why he subjected Mr McHale to such a horrific assault that day and he will spend the rest of his life living with the consequences of his actions.

“Platt is now deservedly serving a considerable sentence in custody.”