Live covering from the sentencing of Daniel Walsh - the Chesterfield man who murdered and dismembered pensioner Graham Snell

The man who murdered and dismembered Chesterfield pensioner Graham Snell is due to be sentenced this morning for his crimes.

Monday, 4th January 2021, 11:00 am

We are here at Derby Crown Court to cover proceedings after Daniel Walsh was found guilty of murdering the 72-year-old and disposing of much of his body in a badgers’ set following a trial in December.

The 30-year-old had claimed that Mr Snell had died of natural causes, and he had panicked and disposed of the body because he thought he would have been implicated in his death.

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Graham Snell was murdered and decapitated last year

Walsh had been due to be sentenced last month, but fired his entire legal team after the guilty verdict was returned, then insisted on new representation.

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Live covering from the sentencing of Daniel Walsh - the Chesterfield man who murdered and dismembered pensioner Graham Snell

Last updated: Monday, 04 January, 2021, 11:11

  • We are here at Derby Crown Court to cover proceedings after Daniel Walsh was found guilty of murdering the 72-year-old and disposing of much of his body in a badgers’ set following a trial in December.
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Proceedings are about to begin. The judge has entered the courtroom

On December 14, Welsh asked first that his team were dispensed with, the criticisms he levelled against them made it impossible to continue. He then asked for fresh representation. In an unusual step, Walsh was allowed to instruct new representation.

Solicitors said they would need at least a month and this was not allowed. The judge, Nirmal Shant QC told them to instruct Clive Stockwell QC, who had previously represented Walsh in his initial trial in January. Walsh refused Mr Stockwell's representation.

The judge has said she will continue without defence representation.

Walsh has refused to attend the hearing and will be sentenced in his absence. 

Prosecutor Peter Joyce QC said Walsh intended to kill Graham Snell

10.41am: The judge has said that Walsh moved in with Mr Snell with the express intent of stealing his money. He went to Chesterfield library to use the internet and turned his account to paperless, adding his own contact number to Mr Snell's account.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC - "Only you know what you did to Mr Snell. You did everything in your power to literally get away with murder. You took his remains to a badgers' sett where you no doubt hoped he would be eaten. It was not until February this year that you were prepared to tell his family where his head and arms could be found."

Describing the disposal of the body, the judge said: "It was gruesome and systematic. You quite literally fed him to the badgers."

Walsh has been sentenced to a minimum term of 27 years in prison before he can be considered for parole. He will remain on licence for the rest of his life.

Sentencing, Judge Shant said: "There's is really little I can do in terms of sentencing that will ease the pain and suffering of Mr Snell's family and friends."

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