Posted on 12th June 2014
A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of Trevor Middleton at his home in Derby last year.
Andrejs Pozdnakovs (pictured right) was sentenced today at Derby Crown Court.
The 30-year-old must serve a minimum of 27 years behind bars.
Jurors returned a guilty verdict on Friday, May 30, following a two-week trial.
Mr Middleton (36) was killed after being repeatedly struck with the bar of a dumbbell.
A post mortem examination revealed he died as a result of head injuries.
His decomposing body was found at his home in Northumberland Street on October 2, more than a week after the assault.
Mr Middleton had been involved in the drug scene in Normanton, both as a user and supplier.
Pozdnakovs, of no fixed abode killed Mr Middleton before searching his flat for money and drugs.
He was arrested two weeks after Mr Middleton’s body was found and charged with his murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Cox, who led the investigation, said: “This substantial sentence is a reflection of the brutality of the murder Pozdnakovs committed.
“He will be behind bars for a very long time for the extremely violent crime he carried out, and I’m pleased that justice has been done for Trevor Middleton and his family.
“The investigation into Mr Middleton’s death was a long and difficult one and it’s satisfying to know that those painstaking inquiries have resulted in a violent offender being jailed.”