Man faces life sentence for Elland murder

Robert Lyn at Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax.
Robert Lyn at Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax.

A 45-year-old man will be jailed for life later this month after he admitted murdering Daniel Campbell at a house in Elland five months ago.

Family and friends of Mr Campbell packed the public gallery at Bradford Crown Court this afternoon (Friday) to hear Robert Lyn formally enter his guilty plea to the murder charge.

Lyn, of Huntingdon Avenue, Bradley, Huddersfield, was told by the Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC that he would be sentenced by a High Court judge sitting at Bradford Crown Court on December 19.

The body of Mr Campbell, 38, was discovered at a terraced property on Elizabeth Street, Elland, in July.

He died from multiple stab wounds.

At an earlier court hearing in August Lyn accepted that he had unlawfully killed Mr Campbell, but today he admitted being responsible for his murder.

Judge Thomas told Lyn that the sentence for murder was fixed in law and he would receive a sentence of life imprisonment.

But he said the High Court judge would deal with the minimum term that Lyn would have to serve at the next hearing.

Prosecutor Peter Moulson QC said he had been asked to summarise the contents of the victim impact statements supplied to him at the sentence hearing.

Lyn, who has been in custody since his arrest, was taken back to prison after today’s short hearing.