A WOMBWELL couple have been sentenced to life behind bars for the murder of John Gogarty.

Ian Birley, 43, and Helen Nichols, 38, both of Mont Walk, Wombwell were sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder and robbery by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.

Nichols must serve a minimum term of 20 years but Birley has been given a full-life order with no chance of parole.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Handley, leading the investigation, said: “The sentence reflects the severity of this atrocious crime and I hope it will in some way help Mr Gogarty’s family come to terms with their loss.”