Trio set to be sentenced over Doncaster murder

The windows of a flat after a fire at Callender Court, Middleham Road, Cantley, where a man and his dog died, in the early hours of Christmas Eve morning. Picture: Andrew Roe
The windows of a flat after a fire at Callender Court, Middleham Road, Cantley, where a man and his dog died, in the early hours of Christmas Eve morning. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A STEPSON with a violent past faces life imprisonment after strangling the man he once called ‘dad’ at a South Yorkshire flat.

Jay Griffiths, 26, pleaded guilty to murdering Andrew Massarella on Christmas Eve, 2011.

His mum Zena Hancock, 45, and great uncle Richard Denby, 62, could also be sent to jail after admitting attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the pair plotted to cover for Griffiths, who previously served a ‘lengthy custodial sentence for violence’, after he killed Mr Massarella at his home on Callender Court, Cantley, Doncaster.

Griffiths, of Highbury Avenue, Doncaster faces a minimum of 15 years in jail. He is due to be sentenced along with Danby, of Dentons Way, Kirk Sandall, and Hancock, of Cantley, today.