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Life for talented artist's killer
Mark Shipsey
Mr Shipsey worked at Newcastle's Northumbria University
A Tyneside man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a talented artist in an "unprovoked assault".

Mark Shipsey, 40, of Felton Walk in Newcastle's Byker Wall estate, died after being found with head injuries near his home in November.

Wayne Gorringe, 29 ,who lived on the same street as Mr Shipsey, admitted murder at the city's crown court.

He must serve at least 15 years for the attack, during which he repeatedly punched and kicked his victim.

Mr Shipsey, an administration assistant at the University of Northumbria, died in Newcastle General Hospital on 21 November.

Speaking after Monday's sentencing, Northumbria Police's Det Insp Steve Barron said: "I'm satisfied with today's result.

Wayne Gorringe
Gorringe carried out a violent, unprovoked assault, said police

"Mark died after a violent, unprovoked attack which involved the use of fists and feet.

"Mark was clearly a very well loved son, brother and friend and was very well respected by those who knew him both from his work at the University of Northumbria and those who lived close to him in the Byker Wall."

Mr Shipsey's parents, Keith and Mollie, said their son had struggled with depression, but had made a lot of supportive friends since moving to the estate.

His father Keith said: "We have discovered a great reservoir of warmth and respect from everyone who was close to Mark over these last few years, from both his friends at the Byker Wall, and his colleagues at the university.

"Living in the Byker Wall did a lot for Mark. He felt he had finally found a home that was right for him and we think it helped him to find himself."

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