Man jailed for ‘Barbaric’ Fatal Attack on Victim

life after he carried out a “barbaric” attack upon his victim.

Preston Crown Court heard that he inflicted an agonising death upon Michael Brierley.

Prosecutor Paul Reid QC said that in the early hours of November 8, 2021, Mustafa repeatedly attacked Mr Brierley with various weapons.

This included part of a metal bed frame.

Mr Brierley was pronounced dead in his Nelson bungalow after his partner, Jeannie Wright, called 999.

But by this stage, Mustafa had fled to his mother’s house to get changed before withdrawing cash to buy crack cocaine and visiting a pub with friends.

Police tracked him down a few hours later and arrested him on suspicion of murdering Mr Brierley and assaulting Ms Wright.

It was heard that the victim suffered 164 separate injuries, with a coroner saying that the 48-year-old’s organs were found “relatively bloodless”.

Jurors were told how Mustafa had exercised control over Mr Brierley and Ms Wright, using their home as a base for drug-taking, drinking and sex with several different women.

Mustafa had also been getting the victim’s benefits paid into his bank account, something which “demonstrated the level of power he held” over the vulnerable man.