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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 August 2006, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Brothers jailed for stab killing
Westley Odger
Mr Odger was stabbed at a shopping centre near his home
Two brothers have been jailed for killing a man in Essex after arguing about pushing in a cash machine queue.

Westley Odger, 27, died after being stabbed in a shopping centre near his home in Colchester last September.

Andrew Fredericks, 32, from Colchester, was given a life sentence after being convicted of murder at Chelmsford Crown Court. He will serve at least 15 years.

Mark Fredericks, 37, also from Colchester, was jailed for seven years after being convicted of manslaughter.

Mark Fredericks (left) and his brother Andrew Fredericks
Both brothers had denied murder

He was found not guilty of murder.

Mr Odger's mother, Ann, said: "Our lives will never be the same again without Westley.

"Everyday decisions and routines are different now as a result of this one barbaric, cowardly, violent act on Westley that robbed him of his life."

Judge Christopher Ball QC said the killing was a "needless waste of life".

He highlighted a "terrible sub-culture of drugs and knives" and said anyone could become a victim of "angry uncontrolled people" who regularly armed themselves.

Judge Ball told jurors: "This is what we do for a living week in week out. Sometimes it gets a little bit depressing."




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