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Nelson drug dealer jailed for life for murder

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Published by at 2:35pm 14th March 2019 (Updated 4:25pm 14th March 2019)

A drug dealer from Nelson who tortured and killed a vulnerable man has been jailed for life today.

39-year-old Atif Muhmood, of Bankhouse Road, was told he will have to serve at least 32 years in prison before he can apply for parole.

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He controlled and bullied his victim Christopher Moore as part of his drug dealing activities and subjected him to horrific injuries in his own home.

The body of 45-year-old Christopher Moore was found at a house in Derby Street in Nelson last June.

At first his death wasn't treated as suspicious, but a post mortem found he had suffered a number of horrific injuries.

Temp Detective Supt Andy Cribbin, Head of Major Crime at Lancashire Constabulary, said:

"Atif Muhmood carried out a depraved and prolonged attack on Christopher Moore that was targeted against a vulnerable defenceless man in his own home. Mahmood had bullied Christopher as part of his drug supplying activities and had taken control of his house in the days leading up to his death.

"Christopher’s family have had to endure not only his loss, but the lies told by Mahmood during his police interviews and then giving no explanation as to his actions during his trial. Their dignity and calmness throughout is to their great credit. My thoughts are with Christopher’s family and friends as they continue to struggle to come to terms with their loss.

"I would like to thank the jury for their careful deliberations in what was a distressing case for them to hear."

Christopher’s family said:

"We would like to thank the police, prosecution team, Judge Brown and everyone else behind the scenes.

"The death of Chris has caused us immense pain but this pain is nothing in comparison to the pain and suffering that Chris must has felt. Atif Muhmood’s actions alone were inhumane and although he may have felt invisible at the time, murderers always fall.

"Atif Muhmood didn’t even have the courage to take the stand and answer a single question, that's because he was as much a coward now as he was then only picking on a 7 stone vulnerable man, not someone who could fight back.

"Today's verdict is the right one, without question. Atif Muhmood is a monstrous sadistic animal and we are safer knowing he is going to spend many years in prison."

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