Marc Nown murder: Men jailed for 'drinking money' killing

Marc Nown Marc Nown suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed in the attack

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Two men who murdered a man in a row over "drinking money" have been jailed for life.

Marc Nown, 43, was found in the garden of a house at Jardine Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry in February. He died two days later.

Birmingham Crown Court heard his skull was fractured and he had a brain bleed.

Christopher Wright, 46, of Telfer Road, was given a minimum term of 20 years, while Mark Avery, 48, of Jardine Crescent, must serve 16 years.

West Midlands Police's Det Sgt Rani Sangha said Mr Nown's death was "a tragic, needless loss of life - all over a few pounds that ultimately amounted to drinking money".

'Closure on devastation'

A police spokesman said Mr Nown, a father of one, had become friends with the two men, but had died in a dispute over £30.

Mark Avery and Christopher Wright (l to r) Police said Wright was "described as a bully [in court], which is a fair assessment"

"The court heard Wright being described as a bully, which is a fair assessment given the nature of his behaviour against Marc," Sgt Sangha said.

"He even tried to get Marc to sell his wedding ring to pay the debt."

In a statement, Mr Nown's relatives said the sentence "will never bring Marc back, but at least now our family can have some closure on this devastation".

"Marc will remain in our hearts forever and now he can truly have some peace."

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