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Men jailed for GBH on Taunton man 

Three men were jailed today for a total of more than eight years. Mohammed Nasir, aged 28, from London, Mark Morris, 44, from Taunton and Lee Wallis, 55, from Ilminster were handed the sentences at Bristol Crown Court today.

The men pleaded guilty to a joint charge of grievous bodily harm on Andre Rudkin in his home in Upper High St in Taunton in November 2017.

Police described it as an attack on a vulnerable man. Mr Rudkin, aged 40, was found dead in his home shortly after the attack after taking a fatal drug overdose.

Nasir was jailed for three years, Morris was jailed for two years and 10 months and Wallis was jailed for two years.

DC Paul Austins, of the Regional Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This was a cowardly, senseless, unprovoked attack on a man in his own home. The assault was connected to county lines drug dealing, and motivated by money. This has been a complex and protracted investigation. The police wish to thank everyone who has helped secure this conviction, particularly those witnesses who gave evidence at court.

The Police all paid tribute to Andre Rudkin’s family, who they described as “dignified and patient in their support.”

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