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Steve Stannard murder: Drug-runner sentenced to 20 years in prison

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

A drug-runner from London who stabbed to death a man at a block of flats in Norwich has been jailed for 20 years.

20-year-old Hassiem Baqir killed Steve Stannard, 38, in November last year.

Mr Stannard was found dead outside his flat in Bowers Avenue after being stabbed six times.

The court were told that Mr Stannard was a Class A drug user with a chaotic lifestyle, and that Baqir regularly travelled up from London to deal drugs from his flat.

It was during one of these visits that Mr Stannard was murdered.

Steve Stannard was stabbed six times. Credit: Archant

Two days after Mr Stannard's death, a knife was discovered in a bin in nearby Gresham Road.

The knife was seized and tests revealed blood on the blade belonging to Mr Stannard and a DNA profile for Baqir.

Baqir denied murdering Mr Stannard, but did admit to supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

Sentencing Baqir at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said: 'You are an intelligent man who could have had a bright future had you not been lured into drugs."

The flat in Bowers Avenue was being used to deal drugs. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Whilst we will never know the true events leading up to Steve Stannard's death, this case demonstrates the dangerous consequences drug-related crime can have.

Steve's relationship with drugs made him a vulnerable member of the community who was easily manipulated by those wanting to transport drugs in and out of the county.

I hope today's conviction will bring some comfort to Steve's family and our thoughts are with them at this time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Marie James, Norfolk Police

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