A PSYCHOLOGIST who beat a fitness fanatic to death with a barbell to steal his Rolex watch has been caged for at least 32 years.
Christopher McDonald, 35, who gained a first class degree in psychology, left victim Paul Tong’s dead body ‘contorted’ and partially covered by bedding inside his flat in Ealing, West London.
An empty Rolex box was all that was found inside the dad-of-one’s bedroom with co-defendant Aliysa Ellis’s fingerprint inside it.
A post-mortem examination found 54-year-old Mr Tong, who was of “muscular build”, had cuts and bruises on his head and body, broken ribs and a ruptured liver from “blunt impacts”.
Following a trial at the Old Bailey, the 35-year-old from Croydon in south London was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to rob.
Mr Tong’s cousin had told the court the victim – also known as Yankee – had been wearing a “flash watch” before his murder.
His former partner told police he kept watches, including a Rolex, designer clothes and jewellery, at the home he shared with an elderly aunt.
Prosecuting, Jake Hallam QC had said: “The state of the room suggests that Mr Tong was killed by people who were seeking to find and take his money, his drugs and his valuables.
“He was known to have various expensive-looking watches, for example.
“When the police searched the room after his death neither money, nor valuables, nor drugs were found.”
McDonald was jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years following a sentencing hearing today.
His co-defendant, criminology Masters degree student Aliysa Ellis, a friend of Mr Tong, was found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob.
Ellis, 31, from Ealing, West London, was jailed for 13 years by Judge John Hillen.