Life sentence for Michael Wayne Carroll over Alexander Blick manslaughter

Michael Wayne Carroll
Image caption Blood was found on Michael Wayne Carroll's shoes and clothing

A man has been given a life sentence for beating his friend to death in the grounds of a Derbyshire library.

Michael Wayne Carroll, 44, denied the manslaughter of Alexander Blick, 42, whose body was found with head injuries in Matlock in October 2011.

At Nottingham Crown Court Judge Michael Stokes QC sentenced Carroll to life, recommending he serve a minimum of seven years.

The court heard Mr Blick suffered a massive head injury.

The jury was told the pair had been drinking all day before the attack, but the motive remained a mystery.

Derbyshire Police said when they began to piece together Mr Blick's movements, they traced Carroll and found the victim's blood on his shoes and clothing.

Carroll was originally charged with murder but this was later changed to manslaughter.

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