MURDERER Jonathan Stasiuk has been jailed for life.

Stasiuk, 60, admitted murdering former councillor Gerry White part-way through his trial at Southampton Crown Court.

He was jailed for 24 years and six months.

Read more: Stasiuk admitted murder during his trial.

Stasiuk, of Pier Road, Sandown, originally denied murdering Mr White at Lake Community Gardens on May 27.

Police received a report that Mr White had been seriously assaulted and when officers attended they found the 73-year-old, of Talbot Road, Sandown, dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination recorded the cause of death as compression of the neck.

A chainsaw was also used in the attack.

Read more: Chainsaw and strangulation used to murder Gerry White.

Mr White’s wife, Lee, has released the following statement on behalf of the family: “Gerry’s family is relieved that the accused has admitted being guilty of murder.

“Heartfelt thanks are due to the police, prosecution, court staff and all those involved in the case for the hard work they put into the investigation and trial, contributing to this satisfactory outcome.

“The family has been provided with professional and caring help and guidance by police liaison officers and Victim Support.

“The tragic loss of Gerry has left a huge hole in the lives of family and friends. We cannot hope to ever get over it.

“While nothing will bring my husband back, we have justice for him, and for this we are very grateful.”