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Grimsby men jailed for life for Adam Vincent murder

From left to right: Lee Griffiths, Thomas Griffiths, Luke Griffiths and Mark Jackson
Image caption Adam Vincent lived with the men who murdered him in Scartho

Four men found guilty of murdering a Grimsby man have been jailed for life.

Adam Vincent's body parts were found in waterways across north Lincolnshire last year.

Lee Griffiths, 43, his sons, Luke, 19, and Thomas, 22, and Mark Jackson, 27, all of Scartho, Grimsby, were convicted of murder at Sheffield Crown Court.

Lee Griffiths will serve at least 32 years, Luke Griffiths 26 years, Thomas Griffiths 27 years and Jackson 29 years.

The four men were also convicted of perverting the course of justice while Lee and Thomas Griffiths were also found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A fifth man, Matthew Frow, 31, of Southfield Road, Scartho, was acquitted of murder but found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

He was jailed for 15 years.

The prosecution claimed 33-year-old Mr Vincent had been killed by the group because they believed he had stolen drugs and money from them.

Mr Vincent had lived with the Griffiths at Southfield Road, Scartho.

The post mortem examination had revealed he had been tortured in the days leading up to his death.

His body was dismembered and parts were dumped at locations across north Lincolnshire.

His leg was found at Tetney Lock, near Louth, in March 2011, and his head was found in the River Ancholme, near Brigg, in June.

Speaking after the sentences were announced, Mr Vincent's mother, Sheila Baxter, said now the trial had ended the family were hoping to look to the future.

His father, Keith Vincent, said: "Their actions have subjected all of us to a life sentence as we try to find a way of coming to terms with what has happened.

"Although there are no forms of punishment which will come close to taking away our feelings of anger and loss, we can only hope that this verdict at least helps us to close the door on this very dark time."

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