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Family of murdered Derry businessman welcome sentences

Friends of a Londonderry businessman who was beaten to death in Portugal have welcomed the lengthy sentences handed down to his two killers.

Brazilians Diego Dias (20) and Jones Sousa dos Santos (28) were jailed for 14 years each for the manslaughter of Paul Houston who owned Houston International Footwear on the Strand Road in Londonderry.

The 51-year-old was beaten to death by the two men who had robbed him after he bought them a drink.

The well-known businessman and his wife, Celine, had been out for a meal earlier in the evening in the village of Alvor in the Algarve region.

Mr Houston was the president of Greencastle Golf Club on the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal at the time of his death. He had been one of the youngest captains in living memory when he was elected in 1995, aged just 25.

Billy McCaul, Greencastle Golf Club manager, said there was a general sense of relief at the news the two Brazilians had received lengthy sentences.

“We can start putting final closure to this,” he said.

“People at the club are glad the Portuguese authorities have seen this as a serious incident and have given them proper sentences.”

A competition the family had arranged to be played in memory of Mr Houston on his birthday — June 26 — has now been postponed.

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