Kent

Man jailed after body dumped in Ashford garden

Ben Phillips
Image caption Ben Phillips, 33, was jailed for four years and eight months

A man who helped dump the body of a drug user in a garden after giving him a fatal dose of heroin has been jailed for four years and eight months.

The body of Jed Turner, 34, was discovered wrapped in tarpaulin in St Teresa's Close, Ashford, in March 2011.

Maidstone Crown Court heard he died from a drugs overdose.

Ben Phillips, 33, of Gilham Bungalows, Smarden, admitted manslaughter by gross negligence and was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

He was jailed for four years for manslaughter and eight months for perverting the course of justice, to run consecutively.

He also admitted possession of controlled drugs and was given a 28-day sentence, to run concurrently.

John Allen, 58, of Beecholme Drive, Kennington, admitted perverting the course of justice and was given a 20-week suspended sentence and a 12-month supervision order.

Det Insp Gavin Moss, of Kent Police, said Mr Turner, who had also been known as Jed Little, had "paid the ultimate price for taking drugs" and his body had been disposed of "in an inhumane and disrespectful way".

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