Pill man sentenced to 14 years in prison for bed-sit murder

A MAN from Pill has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of murder.

A MAN from Pill has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of murder.

Richard Evans, of Black Lane, was on trial at Bristol Crown Court for the killing of John Dunn at a bed-sit in Weston on January 5.

Andrew Fuge, aged 45 from Weston, and Terence Townsend, aged 51 from Cardiff, were also found guilty of his murder.

The jury of eight men and four women reached unanimous verdicts in all three cases.

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During the trial the jury heard how Mr Dunn had more than 80 injuries when he died. They were told how the father-of-two was slashed, stabbed and bludgeoned to death with broken spirit bottles after he was given money to buy alcohol but returned empty handed.

Wayne Jones, aged 37, from Weston, was declared unfit for trial due to mental health reasons, but the jury did decide he had been part of the attack on the 45-year-old and gave him a hospital order with no time restriction.

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Barry Shortt, aged 45, of no fixed abode, was found not guilty of murder.

Earlier in the trial, the court heard how John Dunn had been accused of being a paedophile.

Andrew Fuge, was said to have announced in Weston's police cells 'we did a noncing' following the arrests for the killing.

The murder jury at Bristol Crown Court heard that Mr Dunn may have been the victim of two attacks at Acorn House in The Centre.

The first assault was said to have occurred after Mr Dunn was given £12 to buy alcohol but returned without the cash or any booze.

The second was allegedly a frenzied attack involving broken bottles, a knife, a shard of mirror and an aerosol can which was apparently used to beat him during an alleged fatal 'noncing'.

Paul Dunkels, prosecuting, said: "After he's lying face down with his bare back exposed so he can't protect himself any more, he's slashed, jabbed, and struck with a range of weapons.

"Nine weapons were used, a formidable armoury, selected to cause really serious harm to Mr Dunn and used for that purpose.

"Jones was using a whisky bottle, Townsend was using a Smirnoff bottle and a Courvoisier bottle, Fuge's finger prints were on a weapon (shard of mirror). There were three other broken bottles, a table knife and a shaving foam can."

Peter Blair, defending, Fuge, said: "The fatal attack was a separate one and not about John Dunn coming back without any money," but said the comment about the noncing should be disregarded.

Giving evidence in the trial, Shortt said he was not at the flat when Mr Dunn was killed.

During police interview he said: "It was not me, it never was and it never will be me. "Look elsewhere. I go out and come back and see this blood bath and that's all I'm explaining to you.

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