In a statement following the guilty verdicts today, the family of Sharif Demirsay said:
“The past eleven months have been a horrific ordeal for us all.
“Ever since the night of the May 14 incident has had a devastating effect on so many lives.
“Sharif was originally from Turkey but made England his home some 40 years ago finally moving to Bedford seven years ago with his partner of 20 years Parshini.
“He was a loving partner, father and grandfather to his extended family here in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Turkey and will be deeply missed by so many.
“This was an unprovoked attack on an elderly couple who should have been safe in their own home. An innocent man’s life was tragically taken and our mum and grandmother are still severely traumatised by what she witnessed and experienced.
“Despite the huge loss and all the pain we have endured it is pleasing to know that those responsible for this attack are now behind bars for a very long time. This would not have been possible had it not been for the hard work and dedication of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, The family liaison officers and the prosecution barristers Jane Bickerstaff, Annie Evans and the many others that have helped gain justice for our parents and grandparents.
“As a family we have been left with only fond memories of Sharif and the reality of no longer having him with us.”