Two men from Leicestershire have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years after a 47-year-old man was found dead in his flat in Evington.
Christopher Crane (pictured left above) and Christopher Pendery (pictured right) were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court this week.
Crane, 46, from Shepshed was sentenced to 13 years with an additional four years on licence and Pendery, 39, from Braunstone, was sentenced to 10 years.
Carl was found dead in his flat, in Kimberley Road, Evington, on March 2016, following a report from his family that he was missing.
A post-mortem examination revealed Carl had been beaten and died as a result of a head injury. Police launched a murder inquiry.
Crane and Pendery were arrested shortly afterwards. Police had established the three had been involved in a disagreement, which resulted in Carl sustaining his injury.
During the trial, the court heard that the victim, “a functioning alcoholic,” moved from his family home in Corby to Leicester in 2014, after separating from his wife. He first met Crane at a hostel in Leicester’s Tudor Road.
As officers pieced together what happened to Carl, they found that months prior to his death, Carl had voiced concerns about Crane, who had moved in to his flat without permission.
The court had heard that Mr Pask feared his life was in danger weeks before he was found dead. He sent text messages to his wife saying: “I need somewhere to stay, I am scared.”
Mr Pask also called the police several times in the months and weeks before he died, asking them to remove his unwanted occupant, Crane.
On the night of his death he dialled 999 asking for an ambulance but Crane was heard telling him “no you’re not” and the call abruptly ended.
Following their sentencing, Carl’s wife, Marion released a statement. She said: “Firstly I would like to say that after a very difficult and emotional two years, following guilty verdicts for manslaughter, we feel justice has been served.”
“Although Carl was a troubled man he was a kind, caring and loving husband and father to our two daughters. He was extremely hard working and devoted to his family.”
“Nothing will ever take away the deep pain and sadness that will continue to live with us for the rest of our lives.“
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