COURTNEY Valentine-Brown, a tenant who lived in Southend, was stabbed in his leg and left to slowly die.
He passed away despite the efforts of cops and paramedics, who spent more than an hour battling to save him, days after he celebrated his 36th birthday. Courtney's murder features in a new BBC Two series, Murder 24/7.
Who was Courtney Valentine-Brown?
Courtney Valentine-Brown, 36, was a tenant who was living at a flat he was renting from Kelly King in Southend-on-Sea.
He was a known drug dealer, according to the BBC.
His family, paying tribute to him after his death, said: "We are heartbroken over the murder of our dear son, brother, uncle and cousin who was tragically taken away from us prematurely.
"He was ambitious, cheeky and extremely creative with his whole future ahead of him despite his life challenges," said Essex Live.
What happened to Courtney Valentine-Brown?
Courtney Valentine-Brown was found with a stab wound to his leg shortly before midnight February 21 last year.
There was a dispute over a debt, according to prosecutors.
The CPS says that: "Ian Slater, acting on behalf of Kelly King, "recruited Alex Stephens and Stuart Pearson to visit the flat and confront Courtney regarding the debt.
"Taking knives and a baseball bat, they entered the flat through the front door and brutally attacked Courtney, severing a major artery in his leg and causing such an extreme loss of blood that, tragically, he lost his life."
Were Courtney Valentine-Brown's killers caught?
On January 29, at Basildon Crown Court, convicted killer Ian Slater, 50, received a total sentence of 26 years.
Alex Stephens, 36, was also told he had to serve at least 26 years for Courtney's murder.
Stuart Pearson, 44, and landlady Kelly King, 31, were each caged for nine year for his manslaughter.
Pearson and King had been cleared of his murder, but were found guilty of his manslaughter, reported the BBC.
The painstaking dedication that goes into investigating a murder is the focus of a new BBC Two documentary series filmed with Essex Police.
Murder 24/7 follows three murder investigations which happened in the county from the moment the crime happens right through to arrest and conclusion at court.
The programme, which begins on Monday 24 February at 9pm on BBC Two, follows Essex Police’s Major Crime team detectives as they piece together the clues in each case to lead them to the suspects.
Det Supt Morgan Cronin, Essex Police, said: “At the heart of every murder or manslaughter is a victim who has lost their life and a devastated family left behind.
“We hope that this programme shows residents that when the very worst happens we work determinedly to piece together what happened, catch those responsible and ensure they face justice."
Murder 24/7: Essex will air at 9pm on BBC Two on Monday February 24, Tuesday February 25, Wednesday February 26, Monday March 2 and Tuesday March 3.
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