TEENAGE murderer Michael Lindsay should 'rot in jail' for the rest of his life, says his victim's father.
Lindsay, 17, was locked up for 12 years for killing Darren McCubbing on waste ground in Stanney.
He was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to murdering Darren, 19.
The court heard Darren, who was being bullied by Lindsay, met him in Stanney Woods on April 22 last year.
Lindsay, who had been taking drugs and drinking, hit Darren with broken edging stones and a rock, killing him.
He then removed Darren's clothes and tried to set him on fire. Darren's body was found the following day.
Lindsay, of Doune Court, Stanney, was given a life sentence by the judge but was told he will end up serving 12 years and 51 days.
Darren's father, Desmond, watched from the public gallery on Thursday as Lindsay - whom the Pioneer has not been able to legally name until today - was led from the dock.
Speaking afterwards, Mr McCubbing said: 'It's not long enough for what he has done to Darren. The judge should have locked him up and thrown away the key so he could never get out.'
Mr McCubbing and his wife, Sue, have been unable to find any closure.
Darren, who lived with them on Kenilworth Court just yards from where his body was found, was their only child.
Mr McCubbing said: 'I don't think I can move away from what has happened. Darren's death has altered everything. We have become victims of this senseless death every bit as much as Darren.'
He added: 'He liked his art and drawing and had everything to live for. He never did anyone any harm.
'Darren was quiet and sensitive and sadly he was picked on by some.'
At the time of his death, Darren was between jobs. He was hoping to go to West Cheshire College to study furniture design and had dreams of a career as a cartoonist.
The former Stanney High School pupil was popular and loved playing rap music.