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Thomas Tibbatts jailed for murdering Timothy Crooke

Victim Timothy Crooke
Image caption Timothy Crooke lived close to Tibbatts' flat in Fishponds

A man has been jailed for life for beating a man from Bristol to death.

Thomas Tibbatts, 33, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court after denying the murder of Timothy Crooke, 47, who lived in College Court, Glaisdale Road.

Tibbatts, who lived in Fishponds, was told he would serve a minimum of 14 years by The Honourable Mr Justice Keith.

A second defendant, Zarah Bryant, 23, also from Fishponds, was found not guilty of Mr Crooke's murder.

The court heard the couple, who are both alcoholics, had been drinking with Mr Crooke before he was killed.

Mr Crooke, whose injuries included five broken ribs, had been beaten all over his body, the jury heard.

Correction 21/2/12: This story has been amended to make clear Mr Crooke was not homeless as stated in earlier versions of the report.

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