Updated: Friday, 22nd May 2020 @ 2:15pm

‘Violent’ Prestwich murderer jailed for 25 years

‘Violent’ Prestwich murderer jailed for 25 years

By Dean Wilkins

A Prestwich man who murdered his partner’s friend was sentenced to 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to murder today.

Wesley Isherwood, 27, was sentenced in Manchester Crown Court earlier this afternoon, after the horrific attack on Brian Gavigan, 48, on Sunday September 4 2011.

Isherwood became jealous of his girlfriend's friendship with Mr Gavigan and threatened to kill him if he did not stay away from her.

Andy Tattersall from the Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team said: “This was a sustained and violent attack that left Mr Gavigan with a broken jaw, cuts to the neck and a stab wound that he died from.

“I hope this sentencing provides the victim’s family and friends with some sense of justice although they will never be able to fill the hole in their hearts that has been left following his untimely death.”

At 04.30 on Sunday morning, Mr Gavigan’s body was discovered at a house on Merton Road, following a brutal attack. He died as a result of multiple wounds to his head and body and was left with a broken jaw, cuts to the neck and a stab wound.

Isherwood was arrested after confiding in a friend that he had murdered the father-of-two at his home address.