A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison – with a minimum term of 12.5 years – after he was found guilty today of the murder of 58 year-old Andy Webb.
Tony Barber, of Littleham Close, Hull, killed a man who had believed him to be a friend – over a £10 drug debt.
On Sunday 4 August 2019 officers were called to Charles Brady Court off Holderness Road to reports that a man had been found unconscious with serious injuries.
Mr Webb was immediately taken to hospital where his condition remained critical and he sadly died the same evening.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Grant Taylor said, “This was a senseless, vicious attack on a man who was supposed to be Tony’s friend. A man was killed for what amounted to a £10 drug deal.
“Andy’s family have been left devastated by the loss of their loving brother and uncle.
“I welcome the sentence given today as it sends a clear message that this level of violence will always result in a heavy prison sentence.
“This case should also serve as a message to everyone about how quickly out of control a situation can get, ending up with such dreadful results. One man lost his life and another will now spend his life in jail.
“If you are concerned about drug related crime in your area, please get in touch. You may not always see us taking immediate action but your information allows us to build up the bigger picture, so that when we do strike it makes the biggest possible impact.
“There’s also lots of help and support available for those who have serious addictions, so if you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, please don’t feel that you have to go it alone. Contact your local health care provider for more information about services in your area.”
If you have information about drug related crime, you can call us on our non-emergency 101 line or, if you’d rather not give your name, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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