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Man convicted of Badoo meet-up murder

Gelders Hall Industrial Estate
Image caption Tim Smith tried to drive away after being stabbed but collided with a wall

A man has been found guilty of the "pointless" murder of a single man his friend met through the dating-focused social networking app Badoo.

Tim Smith, 45, was stabbed in the heart in his car after meeting up with Mark Anthony Law, 20, and Mason Casey, 18, in Shepshed, Leicestershire.

Law, who arranged the meeting, pleaded guilty to murder and Casey was found guilty by a jury.

Both men are due to be sentenced on 23 October.

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Image caption Tim Smith's father said he "had a good social life, he was never deterred by trying something new and enjoyed the outdoors"

Mr Smith's father, Derick Smith, said: "It's been a long six months of not knowing the reasons why, if indeed we will ever know them.

"All of us are still feeling the loss from a pointless death, and for all the good or bad things he did in his life, he didn't deserve to have his life taken this way.

"He would probably still be a single person now and for the rest of his life, but by his life being cut short so suddenly, hopefully he will be reunited with his mother, who sadly died only a year before his death."

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Image caption Tim Smith met one of his killers through Badoo, which is described as a way to "make new friends, chat, flirt"

On the night of his death, 16 March, Mr Smith, from Staffordshire, had arranged to pick up Law from his home after chatting to him on Badoo.

Casey also joined them in the car, and Mr Smith drove to Gelders Hall Industrial Estate and parked up.

Law stabbed Mr Smith in the heart and the two men ran off.

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Image caption Mark Anthony Law, 20, of Sandringham Rise, Shepshed, pleaded guilty to murder

Mr Smith then reversed the car and attempted to drive away, but collided with a wall at the entrance and collapsed.

He was found by someone working at nearby premises who had come outside after hearing the collision.

It was originally assumed Mr Smith had been injured in the crash, but examination showed injuries which were not consistent with this.

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Image caption Mason Casey, 18, of Ludlow Place, Shepshed, was found guilty of murder

Mr Smith died at the scene and a post-mortem examination showed he died of a stab wound to the heart.

His father added: "He was always first to help others no matter what situation occurred. He had a good social life; he was never deterred by trying something new and enjoyed the outdoors.

"It seems such a waste of life, which no family should have to suffer, on both sides of the crime."

Image caption Police were initially called to the industrial estate after reports of a crash

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