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Man not guilty of Mark Altabas stab death

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Image caption Mark Altabas was described as a "loving son, father, brother and partner" in a statement from his family

A man has been found not guilty of murdering a man who was discovered stabbed in a street.

Mark Altabas, 47, was found by police on Angle Ways in Stevenage at 04:20 BST on 21 April. He died later at Lister Hospital.

Destao Pedro, 19, of High Road, Leyton in east London was found not guilty of his murder at the Old Bailey.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Image caption He was found in the street at Angle Ways in Stevenage by police

Robert Crooks, 58, of Long Leeves in Stevenage pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug in the same trial.

Katie Holmes, 43, of the same address, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and permitting the supply of a Class A drug on the premises.

Crooks and Holmes will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 12 January.

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