Four sentenced over killing of Southend man

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering 36-year-old Courtney Valentine-Brown. 

Ian Slater, 50 of Wayletts, Leigh-on-sea and Alex Stephens, 36, of Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 26 years to be spent in jail before being eligible for parole.

Kelly King, 31, of Roots Hall Drive, Southend and Stuart Pearson, 44, of Satanita Road, Westcliff, who were found guilty of manslaughter, were also sentenced to nine years in prison.

Courtney Valentine-Brown, who lived in Southend, was found with a stab wound to his leg at an address on Roots Hall Drive, shortly before midnight on Thursday February 21.

Despite the efforts of police officers and paramedics, who spent more than an hour battling to save his life, Courtney sadly died, just days after celebrating his 36th birthday. 

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten said:  “I welcome today’s sentence which reflects the severity of both the crimes of murder and manslaughter.

“However, no amount of time in prison will ever bring Courtney back or end the continued suffering of his family who miss him every day.

“I hope now, following the conclusion of judicial proceedings in this case, that Courtney’s family can begin the slow and painful journey of piecing their lives back together.”

All four defendants were sentenced today, Wednesday 29 January at Basildon Crown Court after being found guilty by jury, yesterday.

MURDER: Alex Stephens and Ian Slater

Mick Ferris

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