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Four sentenced over Birmingham man's murder

Two men and a youth have been jailed for the murder of a man in Birmingham.

Brian Peters, 57, of West Heath, died in hospital hours after an incident in Wychall Road, Northfield, in December 2009.

Matthew Thorneywork, 17, of Northfield, Martin Hallahan, 23, of Longbridge and Joseph McConnell, 20, of Maypole, were all jailed for life.

Rachel Hull, 20, of Longbridge, was also jailed after being found guilty of wounding. All four had denied murder.

Thorneywork, of Heartland Road, was jailed for a minimum term of 11 years while Hallahan, of Lannacombe Road, and McConnell, of Alcester Road South, were given minimum terms of 15 years.

Hull, of Bayford Avenue, was jailed for three and a half years.

Three more people charged over the incident had their cases dropped.

Speaking after the sentences West Midlands Police said Mr Peters had suffered severe head and body injuries.

A spokesman said Mr Peters had been in a vulnerable position and had been in need of a good Samaritan.

"Unfortunately, he met people who were intent on causing him serious harm which led to his murder," the spokesman said.

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