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Dumbbell murder: Andrejs Pozdnakovs jailed for 27 years

Andrejs Pozdnakovs Image copyright Derbyshire Police
Image caption Andrejs Pozdnakovs attacked his victim and later searched his flat for drugs

A man who killed a Derby man with a dumbbell has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Trevor Middleton, 36, lay undiscovered for 11 days after the attack at his home on Northumberland Street in the city.

Andrejs Pozdnakovs, 30, of no fixed address, was given a life sentence at Derby Crown Court for the murder in September last year.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Middleton had died of head injuries.

His decomposing body was found at his home on 2 October.

Pozdnakovs was found guilty on 30 May after a two-week trial.

Mr Middleton had been involved in the drug scene in Normanton, both as a user and supplier, Derbyshire Police said.

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Image caption Trevor Middleton's body was found more than a week after the attack

A police spokesman said Pozdnakovs killed Mr Middleton before searching his flat for money and drugs.

Det Ch Insp Phil Cox of Derbyshire Police said: "This substantial sentence is a reflection of the brutality of the murder Pozdnakovs committed.

"He will be behind bars for a very long time for the extremely violent crime he carried out. I'm pleased that justice has been done for Trevor Middleton and his family."

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