A man who murdered his girlfriend in a jealous rage was branded a “disgraceful coward and a bully” by a judge who jailed him for life.

Powerfully-built Santosh Kumar’s 20-minute assault on 5ft 3ins Samantha Warren was described by Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC as “deliberate, pitiless and cruel.”

Judge Durham Hall, who ordered that Kumar serve a minimum term of 20 years before he can be considered for parole, told him: “There is a deal of cruelty and sadism about you.

“Your utter callousness thereafter, of preventing Samantha Warren from seeking medical attention, is unbelieveable. Had you done so she would, in all probability, have survived.”

Kumar, 43, was yesterday convicted of murder by a majority verdict of 10-2 by a jury at Bradford Crown Court.

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