A 22-year-old man jailed for killing a farmer by running him over as he tried to steal the farmer’s Land Rover, had already been in prison for driving a vehicle at another farmer during a previous raid.

Sentencing Ashley Squires to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Leicestershire farmer Michael Boffey, Judge John Saunders told Birmingham Crown Court: “Mr Boffey was a decent man who had worked hard all his life to build up his farming business so as to provide security for himself and his family.

He had all but achieved that, and he has been robbed of enjoying the benefits of his hard work.”

The 61-year-old farmer was killed last August when Squires and his 24-year-old brother, Frederick – each of Styon Road, Leicester – tried to steal Mr Boffey’s Land Rover from his Withybrook farmyard.

He was mown down as he tried to stop the theft, and died at the scene.

Frederick Squires was jailed for three and a half years for conspiracy to steal.

The court heard that Ashley Squires had previously been jailed for three and a half years for driving a vehicle at another farmer during a raid.

He also had a long list of previous convictions targeting farms.

Mr Boffey’s son, William, said after the hearing: “We have had a life sentence.

Whatever they get, it is not going to be enough.

It is never going to bring my father back.”