Murderer jailed for life

Ian Anthony Anderson, convicted  on April 17 2015 of the murder of Neil Edward Roberts in Queen Street, Castletown, on December 1, 2013. Ian Anderson. Neil Roberts.

Ian Anthony Anderson, convicted on April 17 2015 of the murder of Neil Edward Roberts in Queen Street, Castletown, on December 1, 2013. Ian Anderson. Neil Roberts.

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A convicted murderer was today jailed for life - with the Deemster ordering that he serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

Ian Anderson, 46, was sentenced in front of a packed public gallery in courtroom 3 at Douglas Courthouse for the ‘brutal’ murder of his wife’s lover Neil Roberts.

Jailing him for life, Deemster Alastair Montgomerie told him: ‘You significantly delayed in alerting the emergency services.

‘You showed little concern for the victim from the outset and have not expressed any genuine remorse over his death since.’

Anderson will serve a minimum of 15 years in prison before he can be considered for release on licence.

He was convicted of murder last Friday after a five week trial.

A jury of four men and eight women returned a unanimous verdict after seven hours of deliberations.

Anderson had denied the murder of 60-year-old gardener Neil Roberts at the defendant’s home in Queen Street, Castletown, in December 2013.

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