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Man jailed for life for Bath murder

Tashan Corpe was stabbed to death in Sedgemoor Road in Bath in August 2017. Credit: Family

A man from Bath has been sentenced to life for the murder of a 27-year-old man and for causing grievous bodily harm to his brother in Foxhill in August 2017.

Tashan Corpe was stabbed to death on Sunday 13 August last year in Sedgemoor Road where he lived. His brother Devon Corpe was also injured.

Josh Farnham, aged 31, was found guilty after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Josh Farnham. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

At the start of the trial Farnham pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting a two police officers, and causing actual bodily harm to his half-sister.

He has been sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 24 years.

Rachel Smith. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Rachel Smith, also of Bath, was convicted of assisting Farnham after she drove him away from the scene. The 43-year-old was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years, and will be subject to a curfew and rehabilitation order.

Police have thanked the community for their help in the investigation.

This was a tragic end to a young life which has left a family truly devastated.

I am very grateful to the significant number of people in Foxhill that assisted with the investigation, particularly those that gave statements to my team and gave evidence at the trial.

My thoughts today are with Tash’s family.

– DI Mike Buck, Senior Investigating Officer,
Some of the many tributes left near the scene of Tashan Corpe's death. Credit: ITV West Country