Kent

Men given life sentences over Gus Allman murder in Folkestone

Damian Daley and Timothy Avril Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Damian Daley and Timothy Avril stabbed their victim seven times

Two men who stabbed another man to death following a drug deal have been jailed for life.

Gus Allman, 20, was found with fatal injuries in the Dover Road area of Folkestone, Kent, on 19 February.

Damian Daley, 39, of London, in Folkestone, and Timothy Avril, 22, of Hindmans Road, East Dulwich, south-east London, were convicted following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

The pair stabbed Mr Allman during a heroin deal at a house.

Four other people were convicted of perverting the course of justice.

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Image caption Gus Allman was stabbed at a house in Folkestone and pronounced dead two hours later

Michael Williams, 20, of Dulwich Common, East Dulwich; and Dean Alford, 20, of Kings Road, Aylesham, Kent; were each sentenced to three years, while Laura Smith, 38, of Harvey Street, Folkestone, was sentenced to four years.

Melech Marshall, 19, of Nettleton Road, New Cross, south-east London, was sentenced to six years for perverting the course of justice and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Marshall and Alford had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing.

Det Insp Lee Whitehead, from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: "On 19 February 2014, Mr Allman travelled from London to Folkestone along with Marshall, Alford and Williams.

"A quantity of heroin changed hands at a house in London Street - where Mr Allman was stabbed by Daley and Avril.

"It was at this point that the group's efforts to hamper any subsequent investigation began.

"Mr Allman's associates drove him to Wood Avenue before calling for medical assistance.

"They later denied having travelled down to Folkestone with Mr Allman at all, instead insisting they had come across him by coincidence.

"Meanwhile, Smith had tried to clean up the house in London Street to hide any signs of an attack. Carpets had been cut up and walls, doors and clothes washed in a failed attempt to remove any traces of blood.

"I'm pleased to see Mr Allman's violent killers jailed for a suitable length of time - and I'm also pleased that the courts have seen fit to jail those who tried to help them evade justice."

Daley and Avril were told they would serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.

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