The sister of Alan Youngson, who was beaten to death with a hammer and buried in a shallow grave, has thanked the jury who found his killer guilty of murder.
Pamela Youngson was speaking outside Teesside Crown Court, where a judge had sentenced Daniel Dodsworth, 29, to life in prison.
A man has been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 17 years, after beating his friend to death with a claw hammer and leaving his body in a shallow grave in woodland near Darlington.
Daniel Dodsworth, 29, told police he had been acting in self-defence, because he said his friend Alan Youngson, 25, had threatened to kill him with a kitchen knife.
However, a jury at Teesside Crown Court took less than two hours to reject that defence and find him guilty of murder.
A man who beat his friend to death with a hammer and left his body in a shallow grave has been found guilty of murder.
Daniel Dodsworth, 29, buried the body of 25-year-old Alan Youngson in woods at Branksome near Darlington in August 2013, where it lay undiscovered for nearly two months.
Dodsworth eventually admitted killing Mr Youngson but claimed he had been acting in self-defence, saying the victim had been threatening to attack him with a kitchen knife.
However, a jury at Teesside Crown Court have found him guilty of murder. Daniel Dodsworth will be sentenced this afternoon.