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Lee Woodier jailed for kidnap and death of John Newton

John Newton
Image caption John Newton died after suffering 60 internal injuries

A man has been jailed for 10 years for the kidnap and manslaughter of a Teesside father.

Lee Woodier, 25, who was found guilty of kidnapping in September, has also been found guilty of manslaughter of John Newton from Redcar.

Woodier, of Shelley Road, Middlesbrough, was sentenced to five years each for kidnap and manslaughter at Teesside Crown Court.

John Newton, 45, suffered 60 internal injuries and died in March 2011.

In September, the judge Peter Fox QC ordered a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict on the murder charge against him.

Andrew Jackson, 25, George Thomas Jr, 52, and his son, Stephen Thomas, 30, who denied the charges, were convicted of kidnap and murder in September 2011.

Grandfather George Thomas Sr, 77, was cleared of kidnap and murder.

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