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Two jailed for 'stamping' murder of man in Scunthorpe

Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a man at his North Lincolnshire home.

Roy Bush, 44, was kicked, punched and stamped on in his flat in Scunthorpe in March last year.

At Teesside Crown Court, Joe Harrison, 27, from Scunthorpe, admitted murder and will serve at least 18 years.

Liam Campbell, 26, from Barton-Upon-Humber will serve a minimum of 21 years. The victim was stripped and his prosthetic leg dumped in woods.

Judge Peter Fox told the pair: "The late Roy Bush suffered a death that was quite horrible.

"Having obtained entry [to his flat] you both set upon him viciously. It was a sustained, prolonged attack.

"He died because of your kickings, stampings to and upon his head but there were other gratuitous additions."

'Easy target'

Judge Fox went on to say: "It was plain that very shortly afterwards that you were relishing what you had done."

Campbell and Harrison, a father-of-three, had been drinking for hours when they launched their attack on Mr Bush, whom both knew well.

The victim's sister, Samantha Bush, wept as the judge passed the sentences.

Afterwards she said: "He was vulnerable because he was disabled. He was an easy target. They picked on someone defenceless. If you pushed him, he would just fall over."

"They didn't just kill Roy, they have devastated my family."

In Campbell's defence, Bryan Cox QC said his client had a damaged childhood, has suffered from depression and had no convictions for violence.

Rodney Ferm, for Harrison, said his client had tried to give up alcohol before the attack but was unsuccessful.

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