Mark Reissing: Killed by dealer over £50 drug debt

Nazzareno Abela Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Nazzareno Abela must serve a minimum of 22 years

A drug dealer who killed a man over an unpaid £50 drugs debt has been jailed for life.

Nazzareno Abela, 46, of Chirton Walk, Manchester was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of murdering Mark Reissing, 48, in New Brighton last July.

Two other men, Christopher Halpin, 30, and Geoffrey Allen, 41, were convicted of helping Abela and drug dealing.

Halpin, of Roscommon Street, Liverpool, was jailed for 19 years and Allen of Rice Hey Road in Wallasey, for ten.

Abel, who was also convicted of drug dealing, will serve a minimum of 22 years.

The court heard that Mr Reissing was given drugs to sell on credit by dealer Abela but he was killed when his takings were £50 short.

Mr Reissing was beaten and stabbed and then bundled into a car and dumped on New Brighton promenade where he died.

Det Ch Insp Phil McEwan said: "The court heard how Mr Reissing was assaulted and died following a minor drugs debt, which must have been deeply upsetting for his family to hear.

"Drugs blight our communities and the needless death of Mr Reissing shows the devastating effect they can have on individuals and their families."

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