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Man Convicted of St Austell Double Murder
5:25am 16th February 2012
(Updated 5:25am 16th February 2012)
The man who shot dead two drug dealers in Clay Country will spend at least thirty-five years in prison.
26 year old Thomas Haigh from Yorkshire has been sentenced over the murders of ex-boxer Brett Flournoy and David Griffiths last summer.
Truro Crown Court heard how they had travelled to Cornwall to collect a drugs debt.
28 year old Ross Stone from Trenance Downs will serve five years, after admitting burying their bodies in a van at a remote farm.
Sharon knows Ross through her work as a door supervisor at a pub.
She said: "He used to come in the pub all the time, and he was just a really lovely person. Absolutely, would never, never have imagined it. But yeah, I think everybody's a bit shocked. We read the papers every week, and I think we've been sheltered down here for so long and then something like that happens and it's a bit of a shock to the area."
Speaking outside Truro Crown Court, DCI Keith Perkin said, "Our first thoughts today are with the families of David Griffiths and Brett Flournoy. Despite what we have heard about organised crime during this trial, they have left behind young children, partners, parents and brothers and sisters.
"The origins of this case are in organised crime. The fact that this trial has attracted such interest is an indication that this is not typical of what happens in Devon, Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly. This was not a case of gangs running amok with firearms. These murders took place in a very isolated place in Cornwall where the offenders were known to their victims".
This man watched the discover of the bodies unfold and still cannot believe what happened: "It's just a shock to everyone. Everybody that I've heard from can't really believe it. There was all this going on on my doorstep almost and I still was unaware of it.
"I looked across the hedge and saw several police vans. I thought this was strange so I walked further down the field and in Mr Stone's was a digger. At that point I didn't know what was going on"
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