Murderer sentenced to life with a minimum of 23 years

Posted on 2nd July 2014

A murderer who bludgeoned his love rival to death with a crowbar has been sentenced to life in prison and must serve a minimum of 23 years behind bars.Heteny Tarsoly

Heteny Tarsoly was convicted by a jury of murder after waiting outside the home of 54-year-old David Hunter and attacking him with a crowbar.

Mr Hunter's body was discovered by Tarsoly's wife outside the house, in Fieldway Drive, Breadsall Hilltop, after the killing on January 9.

Tarsoly, of Park Hill Drive, Derby, had admitted manslaughter but denied murder. A jury found him guilty after a week-long trial at Derby Crown Court.

The 38-year-old, pictured right, was sentenced today (Wednesday, July 2).

Daniel Hunter, Mr Hunter's son, said: "Our family has tragically lost a much loved father, grandfather and brother. The vicious and callous nature of his death is hard to come to terms with.

"Heteny Tarsoly planned this vengeful attack on my father, he laid in wait and assaulted him with a large crowbar. We welcome the sentence of the court and take strength from the fact that he will be kept in prison for a long time to protect others."

DCI Phil Cox, who led the murder investigation, said: "Tarsoly lay in wait for Mr Hunter to return from his late shift as a bus driver and launched an attack so vicious and brutal that there could only have been one outcome.

"The sentence reflects just how brutal this murder was and I'm pleased that Tarsoly will be behind bars for at least 23 years.

"Although no sentence could bring back Mr Hunter, I hope that his family will be able to find some small comfort in the knowledge that their loved one's murderer will be locked up for a very long time."

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