Wrexham man given 23-year jail term for pub murder

Francesco John Prevete has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for the murder of Craig Maddocks in the toilets of a pub in Wrexham in June 2013.

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Judge: Prevete 'carried out brutal and ferocious attack'

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.

Francesco John Prevete was told it would be 23 years before he could apply for parole. Credit: North Wales Police

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."

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Victim's family: 'Lives unbearable' after pub murder

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."

Pub murderer sentenced to 23 years in prison

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.

The judge said Francesco John Prevete had carried out a 'brutal and ferocious' attack. Credit: Andrew Price

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.

Craig Maddocks was an amateur boxer and a father of three.

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.'

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