Leeds drug user killed in row over heroin

Amanda Moran was sentenced alongside Andrew Fowler.
Amanda Moran was sentenced alongside Andrew Fowler.
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A Leeds drug user who killed a homeless man in a “callous and brutal” attack after a row over heroin has been jailed for six years.

Amanda Moran was sentenced alongside Andrew Fowler after admitting the manslaughter of Stephen Eastwood, who died in hospital more than two years after being attacked in March 2012.

Police said the death of the victim, who led a life “plagued with drug abuse, alcohol abuse and homelessness”, was a “stark reminder of the evils of drugs and the lifestyle they fuel”.

Mr Eastwood, 45 at the time of the attack, was left with serious injuries and found unconscious inside a derelict garage on Lawrence Street, York.

He and the defendants were regular drug users and often slept at the disused garage which was frequented by several other homeless people.

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The victim was attacked during an argument over drugs. Moran and Fowler gave him money to buy heroin and were angry when he failed to deliver what they were expecting.

Mr Eastwood was taken to York District Hospital and never recovered from his injuries. He died in May 2014.

Fowler, 43, previously of Monkton Road, York was jailed for seven years and Moran, 29, of Malvern Grove, Beeston, Leeds, was jailed for six years at Leeds Crown Court. They pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this month.

Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a callous and brutal attack against a vulnerable man by two people who initially denied any involvement in the assault. No-one deserves to die in these circumstances, let alone at the hands of people they regarded as ‘friends’.

“It is a tragic story of someone who led an already difficult life, plagued with drug abuse, alcohol abuse and homelessness, who ended up losing his life as a result of an argument over heroin. It is a stark reminder of the evils of drugs and the lifestyle they fuel.”

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