Two men have received life sentences for the murder of Mr Chris Johnson.

Sam Childe (21) of Maythorne Close, Balderton, who was found guilty of murdering Mr Johnson, was gaoled for a minimum of 19 years.

His co-accused, Lee Sharp (22) of Lincoln Road, Newark, who pleaded guilty to murder before Childes trial, will serve a minimum of 16 years.

They beat Mr Johnson to death on February 4.

The sentences were imposed at Nottingham Crown Court today (Monday).

Childe and Mr Johnson had been growing a cannabis crop, estimated to have been worth about £4,000, in the spare bedroom of Mr Johnsons home on Station Road, Collingham.

Childe decided to steal the plants and recruited Sharp to go with him to get them.

Three other people previously admitted assisting an offender.

Childes mother, Tina Childe (45) of Philip Road, Newark, was gaoled for nine months and her partner, Andrew Stevenson (50) of Philip Road, Newark, received 36 weeks in gaol suspended for a year and was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.

Sam Childes cousin, Kirsty Stevenson (23) of Mount Road, Balderton, who is no relation to Andrew Stevenson, was given a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement.

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