A Jamaican drug dealer who battered a woman to death in September last year, has been sentenced to 26 years in a British prison.

The man, 48 year old Lloyd Byfield, was sentenced last Friday in the Old Bailey in London.

Byfield used a claw hammer and a kitchen knife to murder the woman,  Leighann Duffy in her flat.

The gruesome murder happened in front of a six-year-old child.

In handing down the sentence, the judge told Byfield he may never be released from prison.

Byfield had been allowed to stay in Britain after claiming that he had gotten married in that country after arriving from Jamaica in the year 2000.

He then got into trouble with the law after he attacked a woman with a chisel in 2004 and then used a knife while committing a burglary.

After being convicted of the crimes, Byfield was ordered deported in 2007, but remained in Britain after appealing to the British Home Office.

In July last year, Byfield attacked Miss Duffy, inflicting 14 separate injuries to her.

The six year old child intervened during the attack and was struck by Byfield with the hammer.

At the sentencing last Friday, the judge told Byfield that he must have a heart of stone to have struck a six year old child.

When Byfield surrendered to police two weeks after the murder he claimed he had loved Miss Duffy, but that love can make you do stupid things.

As Byfield was being led to the cells by security personnel, members of Miss Duffy’s family yelled “scum”, while others said they hoped he would rot in hell.