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Four sentenced for death of vulnerable man

27 Jun 2017 12:00 PM

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Four people have today been sentenced to more than 80 years behind bars for the death of James Prout.

Zahid Zaman, 42, of Percy Main has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 33 years for murder

Ann Corbett, 26, of Percy Main has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years for murder

Kay Rayworth, 55, of Percy Main has been sentenced to 12 years and four months for allowing or causing the death of a vulnerable adult

Myra Wood, 49, of Percy Main has been sentenced to nine years for allowing or causing the death of a vulnerable adult

James, 43, was reported missing at around 8am on Good Friday but had not been seen by friends or family since early February.

Officers launched a murder investigation and carried out a number of enquiries at James' home address on St Stephen's Way, Percy Main, and at 3.30pm on Easter Sunday they found a body.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb said: "I welcome the outcome of sentencing today for these four people who collectively have been responsible for Jimmy's death. This truly has been one of the most awful cases I have dealt with.

"The way these people treated this man was abhorrent. He was brutally tortured by these people who were supposed to be his friends. It's hard to believe that a human being could have been treated in this way.

"I hope today's outcome can help Jimmy's family seek solace and move on with their lives."

Jimmy's brother, Edward Prout, said the following words after sentencing today.

James Prout  (1)

"We would like to thank the Judge and the jury for their verdicts and outcomes. I buried my brother Jimmy on my birthday last year and it was one of the hardest things I've had to do. My brother was my best pal and by killing Jimmy, they have killed part of me.

"The officers in the case have been great and I would like to thank them for everything. Now it is time for us to fully grieve in peace and move on with our lives."

Photo Top Zahman, Wood, Bottom, Corbett, Rayworth