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Man Convicted of St Austell Double Murder

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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"

The family of David Griffiths said:
“We are pleased with the verdict of the jury and sentencing of Thomas Haigh but disappointed by sentence Ross Stone received. We would like to thank the police for all their help throughout this traumatic time, nevertheless, the reality is that nothing will ever bring David back"
“Our family has been devastated by the loss of our beloved David and the horrific way in which he was murdered. David was a loving family man. He was a precious son to me, the only brother to younger sister Charlotte and fiancée to girlfriend Toni. He leaves behind a young son aged 4, two teenage daughters and a 7 year old nephew, all totally devastated. Our whole family has been torn apart"
“David was a fun, caring, charismatic man who had so many friends and loved ones. He was always the centre of any social occasion due to his big personality and fantastic sense of humour. So many people will miss him. As a family we never imagined we would be standing here today and David would be gone. It really has been a living hell.
“We have had to endure months of unpleasant stories and statements being made about David, most of which have been completely untrue. This has put immense stress on our family, but we do know that those who were close to David, know the truth, and know the real Dave. We will forever cherish the happy memories we have of David. He is missed every single day and will forever be loved"
“We now have the task of trying to rebuild our lives and ask that we can have our privacy now the trial is over.”
The family of Brett Fournoy said:
“Much of what has been said about Brett during the course of this trial has been unsubstantiated and alleged by two people who have now been convicted of crimes"
“We have been left totally devastated by Brett’s death. He was a loving son, fiancee, father and brother and his death has left a huge gap in the lives of all of our family and his friends"
“We are a very close-knit family and Brett was very close to his Mum Denise, Dad Bill and brothers Scott and Gregg. In particular, the loss has, and will continue to have, a terrible impact on Brett’s three sons, Reis, 8, Callum, 4, and baby Cohen who is only seven weeks old"
“Brett’s fiancee Kelly was expecting Cohen at the time of his death and he will never know his Daddy.  Kelly and Brett had been together for 11 years and were due to be married this year"
“Brett and his boys did everything together and, as Kelly was a staff nurse, he did the school run everyday – they ask about him all the time"
“The nature of Brett’s death was horrific and the six weeks between him going missing and his body being found were a living nightmare"
“The worst thing is that as a result of the actions of Ross Stone and Tom Haigh we never had the chance to say goodbye and we still expect him to walk through the door"
“Brett was in the British Army for six years and was proud to have served in the Royal Engineers"
“Brett always looked on the positive side of life and he was a loved and well-known character in our local community which was illustrated by the 400 people who attended his funeral"
“This has consumed our lives and we just can’t believe that it has happened"
“We would like to thank all of our family and friends, the boys’ school and the Police for their help and support throughout the trial. We would now like our privacy to be respected and ask that we are left alone now that the trial is over so we can grieve as a family.”
5:25am 16th February 2012

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