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A man who murdered an amateur boxer in a Wrexham pub last June will serve a minimum of 23 years behind bars.
Former engineer Francesco Prevete stabbed Craig Maddocks 52 times in an attack described as 'brutal and ferocious'.
This week a jury took just over three and a half hours to find Prevete guilty of murder.
Sentencing Francesco John Prevete to at least 23 years in prison, the judge at Mold Crown Court said: "you carried out a brutal and ferocious attack on Craig Maddocks.”
Prevete showed no emotion as the sentence was passed.
Mr Justice Jeremy Baker detailed the injuries inflicted by more than 50 stab wounds, causing "a significant degree of mental and physical suffering”.
He said the victim would have been “conscious of what you were doing to him.”
The judge said that there was evidence that Mr Maddocks’ use of cocaine meant that he owed people money, including £300 to Prevete's father - and that Prevete decided to punish him.
He denied murder during the trial, and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said: “Because of your claim to have no knowledge of the offence, it may never be known with certainty what lay behind your decision to kill him."
Detective Constable Laura Griffiths from North Wales Police read out a statement from the family of Craig Maddocks, after Francesco John Prevete was sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for his murder, in the toilets of a Wrexham pub last year.
It said: "our lives have been totally unbearable over the last 12 months due to the murder of our son. Craig loved life and loved to make people smile. He was loved and adored by all of his family and friends."
"We as a family will never get over the dreadful circumstances of how Craig died, and our lives will never be the same again."
A 46-year-old man has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for stabbing another man to death in the toilets of a Wrexham pub.
Francesco John Prevete stabbed 34-year-old Craig Maddocks 52 times at the Cambrian Vaults pub, in the early hours of 26 June last year.
He denied murder, but was found guilty on Tuesday.
This morning, at Mold Crown Court, the judge said he would receive a life sentence, and the minimum term he should serve before he could apply for parole would be 23 years.
He described Prevete's actions as 'brutal and ferocious.'
The family of murder victim Craig Maddocks say they feel they have justice after the conviction of Francesco John Prevete for his murder.
“We wanted justice for Craig and that is what we have got" said his father David.
Francesco John Prevete, 46, has been convicted of the murder of amateur boxer Craig Maddocks at a pub in Wrexham last June.
Prevete was found guilty of murdering Mr Maddocks in a knife attack in a toilet cubicle at the Cambrian Vaults public house.
Mr Maddocks was found to have suffered 52 stab wounds.