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19 June 2012, 13:42
Two men have been jailed for nearly 6 years after a man was murdered last year in Norwich.
Two men have today been sentenced to nearly six years in prison, bringing the total to five people convicted in relation to their involvement in the murder of Honorato Cristavao in Norwich in February 2011.
22 year old Ashley Brown Garraway from Oxford Road in London pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit GBH at an earlier hearing, while 40 year old Neil Whitby from Borrowdale Drive in Norwich pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap.
Today at Norwich Crown Court, Garraway was jailed for four and half years for this crime while Whitby was jailed for 14 months for his involvement.
In March this year Spencer Yiadom, aged 22 and of Saville Road in London, pleaded guilty to the murder partway through his trial and must serve a minimum of 24 years in prison. 22-year-old Anton St Paul of Keogh Road in London was jailed for a minimum of 23 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the same trial.
In addition, at an earlier hearing, 35 year old Lucy Browne of Borrowdale Drive in Norwich was given a suspended sentence for manslaughter. She pleaded guilty having agreed to give evidence against her co-accused.
The death of Honorato Cristavao, of Parmentergate Court in Norwich, was the result of a dispute between two London drugs networks, known as the JJ group and the GBen Group. A number of people, including Yiadom, Garraway and Whitby, were targeted by Norfolk Constabulary and have subsequently been brought before the courts for drug related offences. Garraway and Whitby were part of the GBen group and the sentences given today are to run consecutively to those given for their drug offences..
Honorato, also known as 'Alby', was seriously assaulted in an attack at the Rose Lane car park on 10 February 2011, and a murder enquiry was launched when he sadly died of his head injuries a few days later on 14 February.
During the sentencing hearing at court Judge John Jacobs congratulated the investigative team for their efforts in bringing these two offenders to justice, remarking on the complicated nature of the case and the professional and determined approach in tackling the investigation in which five people were convicted overall.
Detective Superintendent Jes Fry from the Major Investigation Team said: "These two sentences conclude a complex and challenging murder enquiry for the team. The case involved a lot of detailed investigative work on the use mobile phones and studying CCTV footage. We have been in contact with the Mr Cristavao's family and they are very pleased with the outcome."