Brighton homeless trio jailed for Craig Palmer murder

Craig Palmer
Image caption Craig Palmer's body was found on the top floor of the four-storey building

Three men have been jailed for life for murdering a homeless man after an alcohol-fuelled row.

The body of Craig Palmer, 39, was found by police in a four-storey house in Russell Square, Brighton, in January.

John Battams, 40, Mike Zur, 28, and Ireneusz Malesza, 28, all of no fixed address, were sentenced to a minimum tariff of 15 years on Monday.

Bartlomiej Szostek, 27, of no fixed address, was cleared of murder following a trial at Lewes Crown Court.

'Good memories'

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley said: "This was a mindless and unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man.

"He and his attackers were part of the Brighton and Hove street community and this murder seems to have resulted from an alcohol-fuelled argument over a perceived slight by one or more of the group."

Mr Palmer's wife, Deborah Lawrence, said the family was satisfied that justice had been done.

She said: "Craig is missed so much. We have good memories of him and have photographs and videos of him to which helps to keep his memory alive.

"Had he lived, Craig would have become a granddad in January as his son Jimmy and his partner are expecting a baby."

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