A man who attacked a dad as he went to investigate the potential theft of his vehicle has been found guilty of murder.
A jury this afternoon returned a verdict that David Sindall (pictured above) killed family man Dean Armitage.
Mr Armitage, was awoken at about 3.15am on July 21 last year by noises outside his home in Skiers View Road, Hoyland. As he went to investigate Sindall was sat in the seat of the family Range Rover.
The 34-year-old coshed Mr Armitage over the head with what was believed to be a torch and as a result, he fell and hit his head on the ground.
While on the floor, Sindall kicked and punched Mr Armitage before fleeing.
Mr Armitage, 49, (left) was taken to hospital where he died on August 9. A post mortem examination concluded he died from head injuries.
Mr Armitage’s wife, son and two daughters, released he following statement after the verdict.
It said: “Words cannot begin to describe the suffering and pain we are still feeling. We will never be able to get over the loss of Dean.
“He was a loving husband and dad, providing for his family and working hard to ensure we never went without. We can still not believe he will never walk through the door again.
“The loss and emptiness we have in our hearts is a feeling we can never imagine will ever be filled, and not a day goes by without thinking of Dean and how much we all love and miss him.”
Det Insp Kevin Brown, investigating officer added: “This case is heartbreaking and devastating for Mr Armitage’s family.
“He was a hard working, caring and honest man. While trying to protect his family and his home, he tragically lost his life at the hands of Sindall.
“Sindall denied murder throughout, forcing Mr Armitage’s family to go through the harrowing ordeal of a trial.
“I am pleased with the verdict today and hope it will allow some form of closure for the family and enable them to slowly start rebuilding their lives following such a tragic and painful loss.”
Sindall of Selbourne Street, Eastwood, Rotherham, is due to be sentenced tomorrow,