Man told he will serve at least 16 years for murder and attempt to kill in Derry

Paddy Harkin
Paddy Harkin

A man guilty of the murder of a Derry man has today been told he will serve a minimum of sixteen years in jail.

49 year-old Paddy Harkin  was beaten to death with a hammer in his flat in Bayview Terrace in February 2011. He died from head injuries.

Paul Greatbanks, who is 48 and with the address Maghaberry Prison, had pleaded guilty to the murder and the attempted killing of Letterkenny man Paul Mythen.

Greatbanks, who is originally from Kent in England, was sentenced to 15 years in prison with a further six on license for the attempted murder of Mr Mythen who has been left permanently disabled.

Mr Justice Horner told Greatbanks the photographs he had seen of the incident "demonstrate acts of unspeakable brutality" on his part.

He also told Greatbanks that both his victims were entirely innocent men who did nothing to deserve that happened to them.

The judge said "The defendant bears full responsibility for these violent and vicious attacks resulting in the deceased's death and Paul Mythen's profound physical and mental incapacity,".