Man who murdered his boss jailed for 30 years

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The Independent Online

A lorry driver who tortured and murdered his boss and tried to kill three other people "in acts of callous wickedness, cruelty and inhumanity" has been jailed for life.

Russell Carter, 53, was found guilty of killing Kingsley Monk and three counts of attempted murder last month. He was told yesterday he would serve 30 years in prison before he is eligible to apply for release. Mr Monk, 45, was strangled at Driverline 247 in Pontypool, south Wales, last October.

He was bound and gagged by Carter, who repeatedly kicked him and beat him with a piece of pipe. Three other men, Gethin Heal, Nathan Taylor and Robert Lewis, were also tied up and doused with fuel as they arrived for work. Carter, from Cardiff, launched the lethal attack at the office, brandishing what he was later to claim was a toy gun. He claimed he was owed £3,000. He fled the office after setting it on fire with the intention of killing the three witnesses still inside.