Two men jailed for life for killing Coventry man

13/12/2013

Two men from Coventry have today been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of the murder of 43-year-old Marc Nown and have been jailed for life.

Christopher Wright, 46 and Mark Avery, 47, were both arrested after the victim was found unconscious in the garden of 113 Jardine Crescent, Coventry with head injuries on 9 February 2013.

Five days earlier, there was an altercation between the victim and the defendants over an allegation that Mr Nown had stolen money from Mark Avery.  Mr Nown was then assaulted on a number of occasions, over the following days.

This culminated on 9 February when, following another brutal attack on the victim by both men, emergency services were called by concerned neighbours after they had heard raised voices and seen the victim being assaulted in the garden. When the paramedics and the police arrived they found Mr Nown unconscious with severe head injuries.  

The victim was taken to hospital where he died.

The police arrested Avery and Wright and both were later charged with the murder of Mr Nown.

Lesley Milner, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This was a senseless murder committed by Christopher Wright and Mark Avery on a defenceless and vulnerable man.

"They had accused the victim of stealing money from Avery, and as a form of retribution, a campaign of escalating violence was conducted against him.

"Over an alleged missing £30, a series of violent acts were committed against Mr Nown which included kicking and stamping on his body and face. The reprisals climaxed in a fatal attack on the victim which led to him receiving significant head injuries, resulting in his death.

"Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Mr Nown."