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Dumped boy 'murdered over drugs'

Nathan Lyons
Nathan Lyons' body was found at a waste management site

Two drug addicts killed a 17-year-old boy from Birmingham and dumped his body in a recycling bin over his refusal to hand over drugs, a court has heard.

Nathan Lyons' body was dumped in Redditch, Worcestershire, and found almost two weeks later at a waste depot in Crayford, London, on 13 May 2008.

Worcester Crown Court heard he had been minding drugs for a gang. Drugs were found on his body.

Scott Hancox, 34 and Amanda Allden, 29, both deny murder.

Prosecuting, Stephen Linehan QC said Nathan had been murdered at a top-floor flat belonging to Mr Hancox in Fownhope Close, Redditch, late on 30 April or during the early hours of 1 May.

Both of them covered it up... and explained to the drug people in Birmingham that Lyons had disappeared
Stephen Linehan QC

Mr Linehan said both defendants were drug users and that heroin and crack cocaine, supplied by a Birmingham-based gang, were sold through the flat's letterbox.

He also said Ms Allden, of Epsom Close, Catshill, Bromsgrove, was a "voracious" consumer of crack cocaine, leaving Mr Hancox unable to pay for the drugs with which he had been supplied.

Nathan had been sent by the drugs gang to "mind" the drugs, the court heard.

"Only two people know what happened in that flat," said Mr Linehan.

"The reason for attacking him was undoubtedly his refusal to hand over drugs that could be smoked by these two (defendants) rather than sold."

'Tailor's dummy'

After the killing, the jury heard, Nathan's body was dumped in a wheelie bin nearby.

It remained there for a few days and was not noticed when it was collected because an automatic lifting system was used.

His body then went through items of machinery, leaving a pathologist unable to determine a cause of death.

The court heard a worker at Crayford originally mistook the body for a tailor's dummy but the police were called and the area sealed off.

The find attracted national attention and Ms Allden arranged to speak to police as a witness.

She told them she stayed in a bedroom cowering while Nathan was attacked in the living room.

Mr Linehan said blood-spattered wallpaper had been stripped out of the flat and furniture had been removed after the attack.

"Both of them covered it up.. and explained to the drug people in Birmingham that Lyons had disappeared," he said.

The trial continues.

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