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CPS statement on sentencing in Anas Chergat murder trial

|News, Violent crime

Alan Martyn, 45, was sentenced today (Tuesday 9 February) at Birmingham Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 24 years and three months for the murder of 26-year-old Anas Chergat.

Martyn fatally stabbed Anas Chergat, who lived alone, following an argument in Mr Chergat’s flat in Stoke on Trent on 23 August 2019.

Mr Chergat collapsed on his doorstep before he was later discovered by neighbours who called for help. Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards but tragically they were unable to save him.

Alan Martyn pleaded guilty to murder at a hearing in July 2020 at Stafford Crown Court. His accomplice, Richard Street, was found guilty of murder following a trial in October 2020 and will be sentenced at a later date.

Paul Farrow of the CPS said: “This was a horrific, brutal attack on a man in his own home committed by those known to him who then left him critically injured and alone in his flat after the attack. There can be no justification for murder, and today’s verdict has ensured that Martyn has been rightly punished and will serve a lengthy prison sentence for his crime. Our thoughts are with Mr Chergat’s family.”

Notes to editors

  • Paul Farrow is a Specialist Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

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