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Coventry balcony push murderer Younis Masih jailed for life

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Image caption Edwin Mazorodze was pushed from the eighth floor of Paradise House

A man who bludgeoned his friend with a brass statuette before throwing him from an eighth-floor balcony has been jailed for life.

Younis Masih, 40, attacked Edwin Mazorodze, 31, in his Coventry tower block flat while high on drugs.

Masih, of Paradise House, Eden Street, Foleshill, denied one charge of murder but was found guilty by a jury at Warwick Crown Court.

He was ordered to serve a minimum 15 years in jail.

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Image caption Younis Masih attempted to destroy evidence after the crime, police said.

West Midlands Police said Mr Mazorodze's "crumpled" body was spotted on a disabled access ramp at about 23:30 BST on 4 December last year.

They said Masih changed his bloodied clothes and attempted to clean parts of the flat before leaving the crime scene.

Upon exiting the building he "calmly" walked past paramedics as they treated Mr Mazorodze, police added.

Following Masih's arrest, blood-stained clothes were found at his mother's address.

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Image caption Edwin Mazordze's family, from Zimbabwe, were in court to see Masih sentenced

A post-mortem examination found Mr Mazorodze, of Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry, also known as "Eddie", died as a result of falling from a height.

Mr Mazorodze's parents, who travelled from Zimbabwe to witness Masih's trial, said the impact of their son's death had been "catastrophic".

"Eddie was a larger than life character who brought laughter to all family occasions," they said.

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