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Four people jailed for killing ex-soldier Brian Farmer

Brian Farmer Image copyright Police photo
Image caption Brian Farmer served in the Army for 22 years

Three men and a woman have been jailed for killing a former soldier at his home in Birmingham.

Brian Farmer, 64, was found dead by police at his flat in Bakeman House, Coventry Road, Yardley, on 19 May 2012. He had been stabbed, police said.

Lisa Clarke, 41, Vaughan Davies, 18, and Jason Andrews, 40 were given life sentences after being found guilty of murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

Peter Knowles, 52, of no fixed address, was given 14 years for manslaughter.

Andrews, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years.

Clarke, from Sapphire Tower in Aston in Birmingham, was given a minimum of 23 years in prison with Davies, of Snarestone in Leicestershire, sentenced to a minimum of 14 years.

West Midlands Police said Mr Farmer, a father-of-two who spent 22 years in the Army, lived alone at his flat.

He was found with stab wounds, broken ribs and severe bruising, police said.

Mr Farmer served with the Queen's Own Royal Irish Hussars in Northern Ireland and The Gulf, before retiring as a Mess Sergeant in 1993.

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