A man has today been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court to life, to serve a minimum of 19 years, after he was found guilty of killing a man, whose dismembered body was found in two suitcases in a canal in Smethwick.
During the five week trial, the jury heard how Lorenzo Simon, aged 34, had offered the 39-year-old victim, Michael Spalding, a place to live in Smethwick in return for work being carried out on the property where he would be staying.
The court then heard that Mr Spalding was bullied by the defendant and ultimately killed by him. Simon then dismembered Mr Spalding’s body, put it into two suitcases and threw those suitcases into the canal.
Having disposed of his body and some of his belongings the defendant then took money from the victim’s Post Office account.
On 12 May 2014, an employee of the British Waterways informed the police...
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