Milton Keynes drug turf murderer Lee Sopp jailed

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Lee Sopp had admitted manslaughter but was found guilty of murder

A drug dealer who wore a Crusader-style chainmail vest to protect himself has been jailed for life for the murder of a rival.

Lee Sopp killed Mohamud Hashi, known as Snoop, to protect his "turf" in Milton Keynes, on 11 December.

Sopp, 25, shouted "Yo Snoop" before stabbing Mr Hashi in the thigh, Luton Crown Court heard.

Sopp, of Daniels Welch, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes has been ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years.

He admitted manslaughter but was convicted of murder following a trial.

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Mohamud Hashi died from a stab wound to the right thigh

The court previously heard Mr Hashi, 22, bled to death after being stabbed with what prosecutor Stuart Trimmer described as a "fearsome" Rider Stacked Bowie knife.

Sopp attacked his victim in a wooded area of Fishermead, close to the city centre.

Judge Mark Bishop told the defendant he had been "utterly ruthless in protecting your own financial interests".

Sopp had also admitted two charges of having an offensive weapon, possessing crack cocaine, possessing heroin and possessing criminal property.

Mr Hashi's family released a statement saying they will "always remember him as one of the most admirable and warm-hearted people on Earth".

The family said "life will never be the same" and Mr Hashi had a positive impact on everyone's life "with his cheeky charm, kindness and incredible advice".

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