Trio jailed for life for Halloween murder

Three men who killed an IT expert in a "primeval" attack after snatching his girlfriend's Halloween hat were jailed for life at the Old Bailey today.

Ben Gardner, 30, was punched to the ground where he lay helpless as one of the men kicked his head "as if taking a penalty".

Daniel Ransom, 21, Ross Collender, 21, and Jordan Dixon, 18, all of Carshalton, Surrey, were found guilty of murder on Tuesday.

Ransom and Collender were given minimum terms of 16 years and Dixon one of 14 years as they were sentenced today.

Judge Richard Hone said: "The three of you jointly attacked and cowardly murdered a decent, gold standard young man of exceptional character, charm, gentleness and ability, who gave absolutely no provocation.

"His attributes shine and sparkle in contrast to your base metal."