Stoke & Staffordshire

Two jailed for Anthony Hughes murder

Anthony Hughes Image copyright Anthony Hughes family, via Staffordshire Polcie
Image caption A post-mortem examination showed Anthony Hughes died from head and facial injuries

Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a man in a "vicious attack".

Steven Yeomans, 44, and Andrew Scott, 29, were drinking with Anthony Hughes and others at Yeomans's home in Staffordshire in December.

Police believe an argument broke out and weapons including a golf club were used to kill Mr Hughes.

Yeomans was jailed for a minimum of 18 years at Stafford Crown Court, while Scott was told he would serve a minimum of 15 years.

Mr Hughes, 44, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, died from head and facial injuries on 28 December at Yeomans's house on Wilmot Drive.

Scott, of no fixed address, admitted murder in April, while Yeomans was found guilty of the same charge after a trial last month.

In a statement, Mr Hughes's family said they were "absolutely horrified and devastated" to hear how he died.

"Having listened with great difficulty and distress to the part each played, it is our opinion that the actions of each man alone during this vicious and frenzied attack could have caused the death of Anthony.

"Both men are very dangerous with a past history of violence and regardless of the length of the sentences that have been passed, anything short of life meaning full-term life tariff would never fit this crime.

"As Anthony's family and friends we now have to find a way to come to terms with the way in which Anthony most cruelly and inhumanely had his life taken on that dreadful night."

Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Mr Hughes's family said Scott and Yeomans should have received whole life tariffs
Image caption Anthony Hughes's body was found at Yeomans's house in Wilmot Drive in December

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