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Portsmouth double murder two jailed for life

Richard Bateman (l) and Matthew Stacey
Image caption The killings of Richard Bateman and Matthew Stacey were drugs-related

Two men convicted of a double murder have been jailed for life.

Matthew Stacey, 31, was found with stab wounds in Alma Street, Gosport, Portsmouth, on 3 July 2009. He died in hospital.

Richard Bateman, 45, was found dead in his house nearby. Police described the killings as drugs-related.

Andre Sampson, 21, and Samuel Johnson, 19, both from London, were ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years and 24 years respectively.

Family tributes

The pair, who were sentenced on Monday, were convicted at Winchester Crown Court on Friday.

Both Sampson and Johnson denied murder.

Earlier the victims' families paid tribute to the two dead men.

Mr Stacey's mother Brenda said: "His father and I are devastated, I don't think we'll ever get over this.

"Words just can't describe how much we are going to miss him."

Mr Bateman's brother David Bateman said: "It is so difficult for us all coming to terms with this unexpected loss.

"He will be missed so terribly by his family and friends."

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