Two Manchester drug addicts who tried to hide a transsexual man they killed in a suitcase in order to steal his benefits were sentenced to life in prison in today.
David Hardman, 41, of Openshaw, and Tracy Hurrell, 43, were sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison for killing Lionel Morl, 49, last August.
Mr Morl’s body was found decomposing in a suitcase, covered in flies and maggots, as the couple sat in the same flat for two weeks.
Senior Investigating Officer, Andy Tattersall, said: "Hurrell and Hardman were both dependant on alcohol and drugs and went to desperate lengths to obtain cash to fund their habits. This is reflected in the theft of Lionel's benefits before and after they killed him.
"Each blames the other for what happened and both have fabricated different stories so we might never know exactly what happened and why.
"What we do know is that from start to finish, they worked together: in stealing Lionel's benefits, in his violent murder and in trying to hide his body.
"Lionel was a popular member of the community who was in the process of re-contacting his siblings when he was murdered. Sadly they never got the opportunity to reunite, but I hope they find comfort in today's sentencing."
Lionel Morl lived near to the defendants in a flat on Brade Close, Openshaw. He was a transsexual who was known to many in the area as Suzie.
At the time of his death Hardman and Hurrell were stealing his benefits, they even continued to steal his benefits after they had killed him.