Police investigating the murder of Watford bin man Gary Bennett have described the “terrible crime” as being “difficult to comprehend”.

Detective Inspector Tim Redfearn, of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “For reasons known only to himself, Julian Felisi enticed Gary to an isolated park on that morning in February and brutally murdered him.

“During our investigation into Gary’s murder, so many people have spoken of him as being a gentle, well regarded and unassuming person who would never dream of hurting anyone. These testimonies of Gary’s character make this terrible crime even more difficult to comprehend.

“Our hearts and sympathies go out to Gary’s family today; they have been tremendously brave throughout the investigation and the trial.

"I hope that today’s outcome will allow Gary’s family some comfort, knowing that the man who killed their son, brother, uncle and friend will face a significant amount of time behind bars.

“I would like to express our thanks to Watford Borough Council and all of the staff at Wiggenhall Road Depot who allowed our team of investigating officers to undertake our extensive enquiries at the premises unhindered.”