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Two convicted of bin dump murder

Nathan Lyons
The pair had both denied murdering Nathan Lyons

A drug dealer and his lover from Worcestershire have been convicted of murdering a Birmingham teenager whose body was dumped in a recycling bin.

Scott Hancox, 35, from Fownhope Close, Redditch, and Amanda Allden, 29, of Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, both denied murdering Nathan Lyons, 17, last year.

They blamed each other for the death of the youth, who was bludgeoned while acting as a minder for a criminal gang.

The corpse went undiscovered for almost two weeks, Worcester Crown Court heard.

Broke down

Mr Lyons' body was found more than 150 miles away from Redditch at a waste collection depot in Crayford, south-east London, the trial heard.

Hancox showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were returned, but Allden broke down and screamed abuse at her co-defendant before collapsing in an area below the dock.

The mother-of-two shouted at Hancox: "Why can't you tell the truth? You've taken my life off me."

She then covered her face with her left hand before running down a flight of steps towards the cells, where she collapsed and could be heard swearing.

Fingerprint records

The teenager was attacked after refusing to hand over drugs to the defendants at Hancox's flat, it is thought.

Allden admitted putting bloodstained wallpaper into rubbish bags following the killing, but claimed Hancox had killed Nathan with a wooden club.

Hancox told the jury Allden had killed the teenager with a pickaxe handle while desperate to feed her drug addiction.

At the opening of the trial it emerged a worker at the Crayford depot had initially mistaken Nathan's body for a tailor's dummy.

Prosecutor Stephen Linehan, QC, told the jury the youth was murdered at Hancox's top-floor flat, where heroin and crack cocaine were sold through the letterbox.

Police used fingerprint records to identify the teenager, who had been sent to Redditch to guard drugs supplied to Hancox by a Birmingham-based gang.

Mr Justice Penry-Davey adjourned sentence on the defendants, who both face a mandatory life sentence, until Wednesday.



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