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John Swannack, 59, was later caught on CCTV security cameras buying liter bottles of vodka and cider at a supermarket using Mr Howard’s bank card and PIN number.
The career criminal then asked an unsuspecting pawnbroker for the best price on a wedding ring he had stolen after killing Mr. Howard.
He has now been jailed for 30 years after pleading guilty to murder, robbery and fraud at Preston Crown Court.
The court heard that Howard was last seen alive when he was outside his home on August 24.
Later that day, Swannack was caught on CCTV leaving the retiree’s property with a black garbage bag and a cane.
Mr. Howard’s brother contacted the police regarding his welfare after he failed to show up for a pint at his local pub four days later.
A murder investigation was subsequently launched when emergency services discovered Mr. Howard’s body on his sofa.
Detectives believe the victim had refused to give the killer her PIN number even while being tortured, sustaining defensive injuries to her arms and hands consistent with trying to defend herself from the killer.
But he bled to death after one of the many puncture wounds penetrated his heart.
at 6 p.m. m. on the day of the attack, Swannack was using Mr Howard’s bank card to buy vodka and groceries, and he spent £150 before the card was refused two days later.
The murder investigation also revealed that, in the days and weeks leading up to the murder, Swannack had stolen bank cards from other retirees he had befriended in the same neighborhood.
He used the bank card of another elderly man who was confined to his home to steal £2,360 and drugged a disabled man before stealing his wallet and withdrawing £350 from a nearby ATM.
Swannack used the cash to fuel his crack addiction, the court heard.
He was already a convicted murderer who beat his best friend to death in 1993 when he was asked to help pay for a holiday in Corfu.
However, although he received a life sentence in 2004, he was only ordered to serve five years before being considered for parole.
The court heard that Swannack also has a string of armed robbery convictions, but although he received a life sentence in 2004, he was only ordered to serve five years before being considered for parole.
‘Bill Howard couldn’t have been more different. He was a kind, quiet and unassuming man who led a simple life without bothering anyone. I cannot and do not want to imagine what happened in the last hours of his life at the evil hands of Swannack.
Joanna White of the Crown Prosecution Service added: “John Swannack ruthlessly targeted vulnerable people and was prepared to go to any lengths, including torturing and killing a man for pocket money.”
‘We worked closely with Lancashire Police to build a strong prosecution case, which included examining many hours of CCTV footage.
“When faced with the overwhelming evidence against him, John Swannack was left with no choice but to plead guilty to all the crimes he faced.”