Killer who tortured man to death ‘like it was a PlayStation game’ released from prison

A parole board has agreed to release 33-year-old Luke Anderson after serving the minimum sentence of his 15-year sentence for his role in the brutal 2006 murder of Stephen Callaghan

Luke Anderson was paroled
Luke Anderson was paroled

An inmate who killed a man like he was ‘playing on a PlayStation’ has been released from prison.

Luke Anderson, then 17, murdered Stephen Callaghan, 37, with Daniel Sellers on Boxing Day 2006.

Anderson hit a cricket bat over Mr Callaghan’s head at least 10 times while Sellers repeatedly shot him with an airgun.

The couple tortured their victim, who was described as “vulnerable and alone”, for his PIN number before robbing him of his wallet, despite having just 13p in his name.

His battered body was discovered the next morning by a dog walker on a public bridleway.

A parole board has released Anderson – now aged 33 – after serving the minimum time of his sentence. Hull Live reports.

Stephen Callaghan was assassinated in 2006

Daniel Sellers remains in prison for murder

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board ordered the release of Luke Anderson following an oral hearing in January 2022.

“The parole board’s decisions focus solely on what risk a prisoner might pose to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

“A panel will carefully examine a variety of evidence, including details of the original crime and any evidence of behavior modification, as well as the harm done and the impact the crime had on victims.

“Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in advance of an oral hearing. Testimonies, including probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officers supervising the offender in prison, and personal statements from the victim are then presented at the hearing.

“The prisoner and witnesses are then extensively questioned during the hearing, which often lasts a full day or more. Probation tests are carried out thoroughly and with the utmost care. “Protecting the public is our top priority.”

Investigators on the ground in 2006

At the time of the brutal murder, police said the couple killed Mr Callaghan, from North Hull, as if they were “playing a game”.

Anderson and Sellers were sentenced to a minimum of 34 years in prison when they were sentenced in 2007.

Anderson was told he would have to spend at least 15 years behind bars while Sellers was sentenced to 19 years.

Detective Superintendent Ray Higgins, who led the investigation, told the Hull Daily Mail after the couple were found guilty of murder at Hull Crown Court: “Given the motive and the nature of the injuries, this was for their own sadistic amusement.

“The two shots in his head were execution style. There is no doubt that with these shots they intended to finish him off.

“These are two young men who have shown no emotion or regret for their actions. They didn’t take it any more seriously than they would a PlayStation game.”

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