Image source, Font encountered Image caption, Anthony Kemp told police he would rather spend his last years in prison than sleep on the streets
A homeless man who walked into a police station to admit a murder he committed almost 40 years ago has been jailed for life for murder.
Anthony Kemp was 21 when he was born clubbed Christopher Ainscough with a marble ashtray ay after they met at a party in London in December1983.
Now 59 years old, Kemp confessed to the murder in July, telling police "I'm not going to sleep on the streets.
He was sentenced to Old Bailey to a minimum of 15.5 years in prison.
The court previously heard that Mr Ainscough, 50, invited Kemp to his home in Kilburn early in the morning and was on the couch when he was attacked.
His body was found after the butler failed to show up for work at a restaurant in the city.
Image source, Metropolitan Police Image caption, Christopher Ainscough a left Ireland for London in the 1950s
The initial murder investigation was closed in 1985 when no leads were found, but was reopened after Kemp confessed to the murder.
On July 28, he showed up at Chiswick Police Station and started throwing stones at the window.
He then told an officer that he murdered someone 40 years ago, explaining that: "I'd rather spend the last years of my life in shit than sleeping on the streets. "
The court heard that Kemp had told the police that he had "hit " the "brain " of his victim during an argument ument, but he did not know what had started the argument.
'Murder brutal '
He reneged on his confession three days later after being released on bail and blamed the murder on his accomplice in an aggravated burglary in 1988, who had committed suicide in prison.
However, the police matched Kemp's DNA left on a cigarette butt in Mr. Ainscough's living room and he later pleaded guilty to murder.
By condemning Kemp, Judge Mark Dennis QC said: "This was a brutal and utterly wrongful murder which resulted in the death of a harmless, respected and good-natured man who had befriended each other. friendship with you and caused you no harm.
In a victim impact statement read to court, a close friend of Mr Ainscough, who askedande not to be named, described him as "a kind, generous, caring and funny man " who "had the extraordinary ability to get along with everyone ".
"The brutality of what was done haunted me " she said.