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Two jailed for murder of Tristram Wallace in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Image caption Arden Street in the town was temporarily closed at the junction with Birmingham Road after the attack

Two men have been jailed for the "vicious and unprovoked" murder of a man in a Warwickshire street.

Tristram Wallace, 36, was attacked in Stratford-upon-Avon last June.

Neil Potter was jailed for a minimum of 18 years and Peter Mallon, 42, a minimum of 16 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Toney Jelf, of no fixed abode, and Donna Windsor, 38, both admitted manslaughter at the start of the trial and were also jailed on Tuesday.

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Image caption Tristram Wallace was attacked in Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon last June

The jury failed to reach a verdict on the indictment of murder for Jelf. The 39-year-old was jailed for 10 years and six months for manslaughter.

Windsor, of Betjeman Close in Stratford-upon-Avon, was cleared of murder but jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Potter, 37, of Clopton Road in the town, denied murder but was convicted on Monday. Mallon, of Rumer Close, admitted manslaughter but was convicted of murder on Tuesday.

A fifth person, 26-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to eight months in prison, which she has already served on remand.

Det Ch Insp Jason Downes said none of the defendants had shown any remorse for the "despicable, prolonged attack which ended Tristram's life".

"My thoughts are with Tristram's family today, this was a shocking, vicious attack undertaken in broad daylight and I am pleased those responsible have been brought to justice," he said.

Mr Wallace's family paid tribute to him saying he was a caring, funny and kind son and grandson who loved to travel and had worked in the US and appeared in TV commercials.

"We are completely devastated, not only by the loss of our devoted son, but the horrific way Tristram was taken from us in the prime of his life.

"His hopes, dreams and aspirations have been cruelly taken away and our lives will never be the same again, we are not living, just existing."

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