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Two sentenced to life for murder of Mansfield man

John Paul Johnson’s body was discovered in a flat in Mansfield last October Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

Two men who assaulted a neighbour after an alcohol-fuelled argument have today been jailed for life for his murder.

John Johnson’s body was discovered in a flat in Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, in October last year.

The 42-year old died as a result of chest injuries caused by a sustained assault carried out by the men, who lived at the same address.

They then carried Mr Johnson to his room, locking the door and leaving him to die.

Carl Green, 25, and Christopher Buckland, 30, admitted murder at a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court in August.

Today, Green was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 19 years in prison. Buckland’s sentence was life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 16 years.

Last week, the jury failed to reach a verdict at the end of the trial of a third man, Daniel Bastable, 20, who had also been charged with murder. He today admitted perverting the course of justice, including providing a false statement to police, and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

This was a prolonged attack on John Paul Johnson by men whom he would probably have considered to be friends or associates.

– Detective Inspector Rob McKinnell,