Phillip Simmons has been given a minimum 36 jail sentence for the murders of Daniel Hatfield (52) and Matthew Higgins (49) in April last year.

The sentence was given the day after the court interrupted due to a disturbance in the public gallery.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said that Phillip Simmons “…displayed not a shred of humanity”, and that Simmons may likely be “suffering from a psychotic disorder”, exacerbated by his consumption of drugs.