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Homeless man jailed for murder of Chelmsford man Colin Evans

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image captionJose Correia Agrela stabbed Colin Evans numerous times in a "savage" attack, police said
A homeless man who brutally murdered a cafe worker who had "befriended" him has been jailed for more than 20 years.
Colin Evans, 39, was found dead at home in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, in September 2014.
He had been stabbed multiple times by Jose Correia Agrela, of no fixed address, who fled wearing his victim's clothes and taking his pet dog.
Agrela, 30, was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years and three months at Chelmsford Crown Court.
On sentencing, Judge Christopher Ball QC told him he had abused the help of a man who "had befriended you, offered you food and friendship".
Agrela denied murder - trying to claim someone else killed Mr Evans while he had been out walking the dog, Sweep - but was convicted in court last month.
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image captionColin Evans, who volunteered in a cafe, lived in Chelmsford with his dog Sweep
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image captionPolice were called to Colin Evans' flat in Chelmsford in September last year
Det Ch Insp Martin Passmore, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said Mr Evans had invited Agrela into his home "as an act of charity after he became homeless".
"It beggars belief that Agrela could launch such an attack on a man who had given him a roof over his head," he said.
He added the sentence length reflected the "savage nature of the attack".

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