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Hammer murderer junkie gets minimum of 32 years in jail

By Dominic Harris

Published 18/07/2015

An Irish drug addict who beat two men to death with a hammer before repeatedly stabbing them and setting fire to a flat in a bid to destroy evidence has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years
An Irish drug addict who beat two men to death with a hammer before repeatedly stabbing them and setting fire to a flat in a bid to destroy evidence has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years

An Irish drug addict who beat two men to death with a hammer before repeatedly stabbing them and setting fire to a flat in a bid to destroy evidence has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years.

Paul O'Shea was found guilty of carrying out the brutal double murder in King's Cross, London, in January following a hearing at the Old Bailey yesterday.

The 37-year-old, originally from Portlaoise, attacked dealer Othamane Majdouline (48) and his Portuguese friend Leandro Da Silva (47) after an argument over buying heroin.

He hit Mr Da Silva in the head with the hammer at least 10 times before stabbing him three times, once in the heart. Mr Majdouline was hit on the head four times and stabbed three times in the neck and in his chest. A pathologist found both men died from massive head injuries.

When he was arrested three days later, O'Shea spat at police officers and said: "Go and find the real person that did it."

O'Shea was also given seven years' jail for arson, to run concurrently with his life sentence.

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