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10 March 2017, 16:41
A man's been jailed for life for murder 5 years after an attack on his housemate in Cannock.
35-year-old Gareth Rowton, who is already serving a 11.5 year sentence for the wounding of David, appeared at Stafford Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to murder.
He was handed a life sentence, to serve a minimum term of nine years, 305 days.
The court heard the wounding offence occurred on 9 November 2012. The housemates had been involved in an altercation in an alleyway outside their home on Old Fallow Road, Cannock.
Following an investigation Rowton was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, pleaded guilty at court and was jailed.
Sadly, as a result of the injuries received, David was hospitalised and remained in care for the rest of his life.
He died on 29 June 2015 at the age of 61. A forensic post-mortem examination established the cause of death was delayed complications of a severe brain injury.
Following David’s death detectives were authorised to charge Rowton with murder.
DI Dan Ison, from Staffordshire Police, said: “Our thoughts remain with David’s family at this difficult time.
“Sadly David never fully recovered from the injuries he suffered in 2012 and remained in care, and in and out of hospital, for the rest of his life.
“David’s family are as devastated now as they were five years ago - at which point they felt they lost the happy, funny and intelligent man they once knew.
“Despite the friendship David and Gareth shared they did have what has been described as violent rows, which often resulted in injury, due to the amount of alcohol they consumed.
“On this occasion the row escalated out of control and resulted in David’s serious injuries which ultimately led to his death years later.
“Although today’s sentence is to be welcomed it has come at a heavy price"