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A man who killed a paraglider from Helsby, Cheshire, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Steve Nash, 53, from Helsby was killed during a robbery in September 2016 while he was trying to cross the Khangai Nuruu mountain range in Mongolia.

Lawyers for his family said Gantulga Batsukh was found guilty of his murder following a trial in the country on Friday and was sentenced to 16 years in a maximum security jail.

Steve’s wife Shirley said following the trial: “Since Steve was taken from me, I feel so alone and lost and my whole life is pointless without him. It is so unfair; not just on us, but on Steve himself. He loved life, had so much to live for and had so many plans and ambitions. I have lost my husband and my best friend. When this person ended Steve’s life, he ended mine too.

“Steve’s mother Thelma is bereft at the loss of her son and describes it as a nightmare she can’t get away from. She can’t come to terms with what has happened. Steve’s sister, Diane, has lost her hero and mentor. She looked up to her only brother with great pride and is struggling to make any sense of what has happened and how anybody could hurt such a kind and caring man.

“He is also missed by his many friends and it is much appreciated how they endeavour to keep Steve’s memory alive by ‘Remembering Steve’ in many ways, whilst they continue to love and live life to the full, just as Steve did.

“He was loved by us all and we cannot put into words how much we miss him. Nothing will ever bring Steve back but we are relieved that his killer has now been brought to justice.”

Kieran Mitchell, a specialist travel lawyer from Slater and Gordon, who represents the family, said: “Steve was a much loved husband, brother and son whose despicable murder has devastated them. He was trying to cross the Khangai Nuruu mountain range in Mongolia when he was needlessly and senselessly killed in a robbery to satisfy another man’s greed.”

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