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Body in wheelie bin murder: duo jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:45 25 August 2010

A DRUG dealer and his lover have been jailed for life for murdering a teenager and dumping his body in a wheelie bin.

A DRUG dealer and his lover have been jailed for life for murdering a teenager and dumping his body in a wheelie bin.

The decomposed body of Nathan Lyons, 17, was not found until two weeks after the gruesome murder when it made its way to Viridor Waste, Century Wharf, Crayford Creek, near Dartford, on May 13 last year.

Scott Hancox, 35, of Fownhope Close, Redditch, was told he would serve at least 17 years whilst Amanda Allden, 29, of Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, was given a minimum term of 15 years at Worcester Crown Court last Wednesday. They also received concurrent sentences of three years and three-and-a-half years after admitting perverting the course of justice.

Detectives used fingerprint records to identify Nathan, a slightly built and 'boyish' figure who had been sent to Redditch to guard drugs supplied to Hancox by a Birmingham gang.

Justice David Penry-Davey told the pair: "You, Hancox, viciously attacked Nathan Lyons with that wooden club and, having murdered him, you both dumped his body in a waste bin in the hope and expectation it would never be found."

He said Allden had encouraged Hancox to attack the teenager and both were "driven by the need for more and more drugs".

Nathan was murdered at Hancox's top-floor flat, where heroin and crack cocaine were sold through the letterbox, the jury was told during the trial. Allden admitted putting bloodstained wallpaper into rubbish bags but claimed Hancox had killed Nathan with a wooden club.

In a statement, Nathan's aunt Jacky Lyons said: "Nathan was one of 11 children and, because of other people's greed and addiction to class A drugs, our Nathan was brutally murdered.

"His death has devastated our family and our lives will never be the same again. We cannot find the words to express the pain we feel. In his short life he brought so much joy to everyone who knew him and he will never be forgotten.

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