Nov 14 2012 By Gary Stewart
ROMANIAN student Constantin Nan who tortured and then strangled a retired Liverpool teacher he was sleeping with was jailed for life and was told he must serve a minimum of 31 years.
Constantin Nan murdered 65-year-old Brian Finnigan in his Tuebrook home after burning him with cigarettes to get him to sign thousands of pounds worth of cheques.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Mr Finnigan had been in love with Nan, 27, and showered him with presents and money as he believed they were a couple.
But Nan, who was living on Jubilee Drive, Tuebrook, at the time of the killing, admitted he would: "Say I love you for a thousand pounds."
Jurors found him guilty of murdering Mr Finnigan on the night of August 23 2010 before going on the run to the continent.
He was also found guilty of theft and three fraud offences.
Judge John Roberts said the murder was a: "cold, calculated crime carried out for gain".
He jailed Nan for life and told him he would have to serve a minimum of 31 years before he could be considered for parole.
However under the terms of the agreement, which saw Nan transferred from a Romanian prison to face trial in Liverpool, he must be returned there by May next year to serve his sentence.