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Simon Taylor jailed for life for Stafford drugs row murder

Simon Taylor
Image caption Simon Taylor hid his victim's body for two months

A Stafford man has been given a life sentence for murdering his friend following a suspected row over drugs.

Simon Taylor, 36, had denied the murder of Mark Carroll, 35, whose body was discovered at the defendant's address in Marston Road.

Taylor was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court he would serve a minimum of 17 years and 56 days.

In a statement Mr Carroll's family said the sentence would "dull the aching loss we have to live with".

The family paid tribute to the support they had received from Mr Carroll's friends and said it showed "just how much he was loved".

The court heard his body was discovered last March, after he was last seen alive on 23 January.

Staffordshire Police said Taylor concealed the body of Mr Carroll at the house, where the victim had been sleeping for at least two months.

"Both men were heavy drugs users and it appears that Mark was, tragically, killed in a row over drugs," a police spokesman said after the hearing.

"Mark's family are continuing to receive our support at this tremendously difficult time and hopefully, today's outcome at court will come as some comfort to them."

The judge said Taylor should serve at least 18 years, with the 309 days he had already spent on remand taken into account.

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