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Killer gets 30 years for leaving man in blazing house

Mark Clarkson was found dead at the property in March 2009

A killer who tied up a man and left him to die in a burning house has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

Mark Clarkson, 48, was found dead in his home in Copperbeech Close, Quinton, Birmingham, in March last year.

Paul Nelson, 38, of no fixed address, was convicted of murder at Birmingham Crown Court last September.

The verdict could not be reported until the acquittal of murder of co-accused Reece Mason, 19, of Harborne, after a re-trial at the court.

West Midlands Police said Mr Clarkson suffered head and facial injuries in the attack before being tied up with electrical cable.

Det Ch Insp Tim Bacon said: "He was a quiet and friendly man but was beaten and left for dead in his own home in what I would describe as a cruel and heartless attack.

"We may never know the exact events that led to his death but there was significant evidence against Nelson."

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