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Martial arts thug is given life sentence for murder of assistant to Mother Teresa

A martial arts expert has been jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years for killing a former assistant to Mother Teresa following a pub row
A martial arts expert has been jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years for killing a former assistant to Mother Teresa following a pub row

By Adam Hale

A martial arts expert has been jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years for killing a former assistant to Mother Teresa following a pub row.

Colin Payne (61), was found guilty of murdering Mark Bloomfield (54), after "viciously" punching him outside the Full Moon pub in Swansea.

Swansea Crown Court heard "self-styled hard man" Payne launched his attack on the charity worker to "teach him a lesson" after he had brushed his girlfriend's back with a beer can on July 18 this year.

Payne dragged Mr Bloomfield to the floor by his throat and kicked him in his head, before punching "two expert blows" to his head.

Mr Bloomfield was knocked to the ground after hitting his head on the concrete, never to regain consciousness, and died in hospital two days later.

A victim impact statement from his family said he had travelled the world helping charitable projects, including becoming a special assistant to Mother Teresa in Calcutta in the 1990s, when he helped people who were terminally ill have dignified deaths. He later worked with nuns to open schools for girls across India.

Payne, who the court heard was highly trained in martial arts including jujitsu and judo, and had recently advertised himself as a bodyguard, attempted to throw a pub computer containing a CCTV recording of the attack over a nearby wall while Mr Bloomfield received CPR, though it was recovered by police.

He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and manslaughter claiming self-defence, but was instead found guilty of murder following a trial.

Jonathan Rees QC, defending, said Payne had not intended to kill Mr Bloomfield.

Judge Paul Thomas QC said Payne was a "particularly physically strong and particularly aggressive individual who is likely to remain so for many years yet".

Payne, from Swansea, was sentenced to life in prison, and will serve 15 years before a parole board can consider his release.

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