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Jealous murderer Brian Sharp was jailed for life today for the savage attack on his sleeping victim.
The 51-year-old father became obsessive about an imagined affair between his lover and his victim Tim Clayton.
Leaving his girlfriend asleep, the cowardly bully took his pet Staffordshire bull terrier Tyson as company in the early hours and went hunting the object of his burning hatred.
"This was cold calculated violence and you have shown no remorse.”
Mr Clayton – who was just a friend to the reforming alcoholic Samantha Allen – was sleeping rough behind the back of the NatWest Bank in Europa House.
As two other men slept off their drunken stupors nearby, completely oblivious to the dawn attack, Mr Clayton was dragged out of his sleeping bag by Sharp using a metal dog lead.
A jury at Canterbury Crown Court then heard how Sharp then beat his defenceless victim so hard he was found collapsed on the ground by bank workers the following day on November 9 last year.
"He then put his hands around my neck so I couldn’t breathe properly. He terrified me,” she added.
But she said that the obsessive lover would: “follow me to the phone saying: ‘If you are going out I am coming with you’. Tim was a massive problem for him.
“ Brian kept saying: ‘It’s either him or me’.
“He hated him (Tim) with a vengeance. It was ‘Tim this, Tim that’. Yet Tim and I were just like brother and sister.”
Part of the brutal attack was caught by CCTV cameras at the back of Europa House and played several times to the jury.
It revealed Sharp and the dog near Mr Clayton and revealed in sickening details the repeated blows to Mr Clayton’s head – a man he knew had suffered an previous injury which had left him epileptic.
"This was cold calculated violence and you have shown no remorse” - Judge Adele Williams
“I admit it. He deserves it. He smashed up my records. If you do a wrong-un, expect a wrong-un. I believe in Karma..I gave him a couple of smacks, I admit it. He deserves it. I would do it again.
“I didn’t hit him hard, just a couple of slaps..anyway.”
But the jury didn’t hear of his violent background - he was convicted in 1978 of inflicting GBH and an assault causing actual bodily harm.
By 1986 he was back before Maidstone Magistrates and ordered to do community service for another assault and causing criminal damage.
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