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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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