Life in prison for sadistic couple who tortured and murdered Mikhail Eno
A COUPLE who carried out a "sadistic" attack on a vulnerable man in his home have been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder.
Anthony Graham, 41, and Deborah Clark, 33, tied up and tortured Mikhail Eno in his flat in Gisburn Road, Hessle.
The two heroin addicts beat him for three hours with a hammer and shovel.
They have today been told they will serve at least 20 years in prison.
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Former BAE worker Mr Eno, 57, suffered 227 injuries in the assault.
Graham and Clark, who later tried to blame each other for the crime, then left Mr Eno to die.
A jury of seven women and five men yesterday found the pair unanimously guilty of murder.
The jury took just two hours to reach the verdicts following a four-week trial at Hull Crown Court.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Graham and Clark they would be given life sentences.
He said: "You have been found guilty of murder.
"There will be an inevitable sentence of life imprisonment.
"This was certainly a sadistic attack on a particularly vulnerable victim.
"I have no doubt whatsoever that justice has been done in this case.
"This was a really serious and unpleasant case, with a lot of unpleasant features."
The couple had targeted peace-loving Mr Eno, moved into his flat and stole his possessions while he slept. When he challenged them, they tied him up, placed a bag over his head and repeatedly beat him.
Instead of calling for an ambulance, Graham and Clark piled Mr Eno's remaining possessions into a shopping trolley to sell and went to get more heroin.
Within hours of his death, Graham was spotted in a jewellers in Hessle selling Mr Eno's grandfather's war medals.
Graham also tried to clear out Mr Eno's bank account.
Both Graham and Clark tried to defile Mr Eno's memory by falsely claiming he was a paedophile to try to justify their actions.
They were seen laughing and bragging about the attack.
Later, the couple went to Woolwich Flats in Hessle and stole from an elderly man, before the police finally caught up with them.
The week before the murder, Clark had been seen repeatedly hitting another man over the head with a hammer.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Hibbitt, who led the investigation, said: "During the course of this inquiry it became evident that Graham and Clark, who were in a relationship together despite what they said in court, funded their lifestyle through criminality, including identifying and preying on vulnerable old men who lived alone.
"They entered the life of Mikhail Eno, who out of the kindness of his heart allowed them to stay at his flat. "They abused this by stealing from him, lying to him and ultimately attacking him in a vicious, totally unnecessary assault.
"They stole from him before he died and they stole from him after he died, which to me shows how cold, calculated and callous they are.
"Their actions were so despicable that many people who are no strangers to the inside of a police cell themselves have stepped up and helped the inquiry. Their information was significant in securing this conviction.
"I would like to thank them for doing the right thing, not just for Mr Eno but for the community as a whole because, without a doubt, the community will be a better place without Graham and Clark."
Mr Eno's body was discovered in his flat on November 9, 2010, by his brother Stuart Oliver.
He described Mr Eno as a "kind" and "peace-loving" man.
Mr Oliver had tried to warn his brother the week before his death that Graham was taking advantage of him.
Clark, of Netherton Road, west Hull, and Graham, of Gisburn Road, Hessle, have been given a minimum tariff of 20 years.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Hibbitt, the senior investigating officer, said today: "Mr Eno was murdered as a result of a sustained assault by two people who abused his kind nature and generosity, he offered them a place to live and in return they stole his property and killed him.
"To compound this and cause further upset to Mr Eno's family they went on to make totally unfounded claims about him which are not supported by one shred of evidence. Due to their lifestyles many of the people who helped the police with this investigation do not normally assist the police, it is a credit to them that they stepped up and did the right thing for Mr Eno and I thank them."