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Stevenage pair sentenced for drug offences

Mark Altabas Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Mark Altabas was described as a "loving son, father, brother and partner" in a statement from his family

A man and woman have been sentenced for drug offences after being arrested in connection with a murder inquiry.

Robert Crooks, 58, of Long Leeves in Stevenage, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug. He was jailed for two years, suspended for 24 months.

Katie Holmes, 43, of the same address, was found guilty of the same offence and given an 18 month community rehabilitation order.

She was also found guilty of permitting the supply of a Class A drug.

They were sentenced at Snaresbrooke Crown Court.

The pair were arrested following the death of 47-year-old Mark Altabas, of Angle Ways in Stevenage, on 21 April 2016.

Destao Pedro, 19, of High Road, Leyton in east London, was found not guilty of his murder at the Old Bailey during the same trial.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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