Stephen Gibbs given life sentence for Rodger Tett murder
- 21 March 2014
- From the section Dorset
An row over drugs led to the death of a man who was subjected to "extreme violence" at his Bournemouth home.
Rodger Tett was killed at his Luckham Road home after a fight with Stephen Gibbs who was using drugs there.
When Mr Tett fell to the floor unresponsive he was kicked and punched in the head, Winchester Crown Court heard was told.
Gibbs, 34, had denied murder but was given life with a minimum tariff of 12 years.
Dorset Police described his attack on Mr Tett as "extreme violence fuelled by alcohol and drugs".
The court heard that on 7 September Gibbs, along with his mother, and Mr Tett, 42, and his partner, were at the house where the fight broke out.
Det Sgt Trevor Hawkins, from Dorset Police, called it a "tragic and unnecessary death".
He added: "I can only hope that the conviction of Gibbs can bring some degree of comfort and closure to the family and partner of Rodger Tett."
In a statement Mr Tett's family said: "Rodger was a loving father, son, brother and uncle who we will miss every day.
"He was a bright shining light taken away too early in life for doing the right thing.
"Rodger hated drugs and what they did to people and he paid for this with his life. We are so proud of you Rodger."