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Wayne Ellis jailed for murder of Barry Lees in Luton

Wayne Ellis
Image caption Wayne Ellis must serve a minimum of 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a 43-year-old found dead in his home in Bedfordshire.

Wayne Ellis, 33, from Hampton Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to the murder of Barry Lees when he earlier appeared before Luton Crown Court.

Mr Lees, who died from head injuries, was found in New Bedford Road, Luton, on 10 May.

Judge Michael Baker QC jailed Ellis for life and he must serve at least 16 years, less 161 days on remand.

Det Ch Insp Steve Collin said: "This was an abhorrent crime and I am satisfied that this sentencing reflects the violence used during the murder of Mr Lees.

"This was a very sad case as Mr Lees lived his life for his music and was known to people locally.

"He did not deserve to die so abruptly because of Ellis' actions that day."

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