THE MAN convicted of murdering Droitwich pensioner Desmond Wooding has been given a life sentence at Worcester Crown Court today.
Adam Mason, 33, of Plough Lane, Tibberton, must serve at least 20 years of the term after being found guilty in March of stabbing the 80-year-old at his bungalow in Vines Lane on June 23 last year. It followed a three-week trial.
Mark Mason, 56, the killer’s uncle, has been jailed for two years for assisting an offender after he drove his nephew from the scene following the vicious attack.
On the night in question Adam Mason went alone to the house of the victim where it is believed an argument ensued and he fatally stabbed Mr Wooding.
Tragically, Desmond Wooding died from his wounds before being discovered by a concerned neighbour the following day.
Immediately following the attack Adam Mason, also of Plough Lane, Tibberton, contacted his uncle, and proceeded to help his nephew avoid detection by the police by driving
Adam Mason was arrested at Birmingham airport on July 8 last year.
He denied murdering Mr Wooding claiming that whilst he had been in the area of Vines Lane on the evening of June 23, he did not enter the victim’s address and did not attack Mr Wooding.
Det Insp Mark Walters of the West Mercia Police Major Investigation Unit said: “Adam Mason is clearly a dangerous individual and today’s sentence reflects the horrific nature of the crime.
“I hope today’s outcome will provide some comfort to Mr Wooding’s family that justice has been done.
“I also hope that it will provide a small sense of closure for them.
“This was a cold and brutal crime for which Adam Mason has never shown any remorse.
“Sadly, we may never know exactly what happened in the moments leading up to this horrific attack on an elderly and vulnerable man.
“Mark Mason will also face justice for the part he played in this awful crime.”