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Drug dealer jailed for 20 years after killing Bristol addict

Nathan Skeen, Jason Betts and Nixon Apire Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption London drug dealers Nathan Skeen (left) and Nixon Apire (right) repeatedly attacked "vulnerable" drug addict Jason Betts (centre)

A drug dealer has been jailed for 20 years for killing an addict who owed him money.

Jason Betts, 38, died following an attack at his flat in Celestine Road, Bristol, on 5 March last year.

Nathan Skeen of Ermine Road, Lewisham, south east London, was found guilty of manslaughter and actual bodily harm.

His accomplice Nixon Apire, 31, of Great North Road, Barnet, north London, was jailed for 15 years for wounding with intent.

Skeen and Apire had both previously admitted supplying class A drugs, including heroin and cocaine.

At an earlier hearing police described Mr Betts as "vulnerable man" who was coerced by the pair into selling drugs in the Yate area.

The two men repeatedly assaulted Mr Betts in the week leading up to his death, police said.

In that time, he was stabbed in the leg, had cigarettes stubbed out on his face and was hit over the head with a bottle and a glass.

He was discovered unconscious in his flat and died in hospital the following day.

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