Dealers found guilty of murdering Droitwich man Adrian Locke outside Worcester drug den

Worcester News: Adrian Locke was stabbed and killed in January this year. Adrian Locke was stabbed and killed in January this year.

Two men were today handed jail sentences totalling 36 years after being found guilty of the murder of a man found stabbed to death outside a property in Worcester.

Rafael Marks, aged 20, of Nooklands Croft, Birmingham, who also goes under the name Rikko, and Micah Golding, aged 21, of Broughton Road, Birmingham, both denied murdering 39-year-old Adrian Locke but were convicted after a 11-day trial at Worcester Crown Court.

Both were given life terms along with recommendations from Judge Robert Juckes QC that Golding should serve a minimum of 20 years and Marks 16 years.

Both had, however, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply class A drugs, heroin and crack cocaine, in Worcester between 1 December 2012 and 3 January 2013. Golding and Marks were respectively given four and four-and-a-half-year concurrent sentences for that offence.

The court heard that the pair had been supplying drugs from a flat in Teme Road, Tolladine. Mr Locke, who lived at Wych Road, Droitwich, went to the flat on the evening of January 2 this year looking for drugs but when he was turned away an argument ensued.

Moments later Golding, who was aware of Marks’ imminent return to the building, left the flat armed with a knife and Mr Locke was confronted by both men.

A short time later Mr Locke was found on the ground outside the property with several stab wounds, including one which had penetrated his heart. He was confirmed dead at the scene by a doctor.

Detective Inspector Stuart Murphy of Worcester CID said that the knife used in the murder was recovered at the scene and both Golding and Marks’ DNA was found on it.

He said the pair ran a highly organised drugs operation from Teme Road, catching a train in from Birmingham every morning and then returning after they had finished their dealing.

Although they were only known by their nicknames, ‘P and D’, detectives were able to trace them from witness accounts, their own intelligence and subsequent police enquiries.

After sentencing Det Insp Murphy said: “This case illustrates the misery and harm that drugs can cause in communities, and Golding and Marks were central to that in Worcester.

“The fact that this murder took place ‘in public’ has had a big impact on the neighbourhood where Mr Locke was very well known. He did not deserve to lose his life in such a brutal fashion and the manner of his death shocked a lot of people who came forward to give evidence.

“Some of the witnesses’ circumstances meant that they were brave in coming forward to support our investigation and we are very grateful for that.

“This has been a complex case, which at the outset involved more than 40 officers and staff from West Mercia. We are very grateful for the contribution made by the Crown Prosecution Service and also West Midlands Police who assisted with arresting Golding and Marks and securing scenes in the Birmingham area.

“Both these men fully deserve to be behind bars and the seriousness of their crimes is reflected by the lengthy sentences handed down by the court today. We hope that it reassures the community and provides some peace of mind to Mr Locke’s family who have been very supportive of the police investigation and have shown great dignity throughout this difficult time.

“While cases like this are thankfully rare the outcome sends out a very clear message that there is no place in society for criminals whose lives revolve around drugs and violence. Those persons who deal in drugs in South Worcestershire and the wider West Mercia area, should be under no illusion that we will do all we can to make those activities as uncomfortable as possible.”

A statement released on behalf of the family by Adrian Locke’s mother Lillian described him as a hardworking and considerate son.

She said he loved children, in particular his 18-year-old son Calum and his nephews and nieces.

“Adie was no angel but he would go out of his way to help anybody and was always ready to have a laugh and joke,” she said. “Adie is sorely missed and will never be forgotten by his family.”

Following sentencing Mrs Locke commented: “As a family we are delighted that justice has been seen to be done today.

“Although no sentence will ever bring Adie back we can take some comfort in the knowledge that the person/persons who did this will be spending a very long time in prison.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who have helped and supported our family through this terrible time in our lives, in particular Sean our police liaison officer, without whose help and support our ordeal would have been much worse than it is.

“We are also grateful to the other West Mercia Police officers who have, through their professional investigation of Adie’s death, helped bring about these sentences today.”

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3:44pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Good, that's a decent sentence! I was expecting a couple of years less. Shame this couldn't have been prevented though. There seems to be a lot of people from other towns coming to Worcester to cause trouble and sell drugs.. Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester and maybe these scumbags will stop coming to Worcester and flooding it with drugs and other crime.
Good, that's a decent sentence! I was expecting a couple of years less. Shame this couldn't have been prevented though. There seems to be a lot of people from other towns coming to Worcester to cause trouble and sell drugs.. Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester and maybe these scumbags will stop coming to Worcester and flooding it with drugs and other crime. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

3:49pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Who really cares says...

"Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester and maybe these scumbags will stop coming to Worcester and flooding it with drugs and other crime."

Have your really put this, there not selling sweets. How about don't buy drugs in general and stop morons like this altogether.
"Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester and maybe these scumbags will stop coming to Worcester and flooding it with drugs and other crime." Have your really put this, there not selling sweets. How about don't buy drugs in general and stop morons like this altogether. Who really cares

3:51pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Mr A Mazing says...

"Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester"

Surely you jest??
"Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester" Surely you jest?? Mr A Mazing

4:49pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Andy-Apache says...

Is it not staggeringly obvious by now that 'notanotherblahblah' is an internet troll? :-D
Is it not staggeringly obvious by now that 'notanotherblahblah' is an internet troll? :-D Andy-Apache

6:37pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Obviously you never made it in the forces. Yeh, don't buy unless from worcester. People who do take drugs need to buy them, obvious really. You buy stuff from idiots out of town who you don't know/trust and you could get sold dodgy stuff.. Or stabbed..
Obviously you never made it in the forces. Yeh, don't buy unless from worcester. People who do take drugs need to buy them, obvious really. You buy stuff from idiots out of town who you don't know/trust and you could get sold dodgy stuff.. Or stabbed.. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

6:39pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

And when word gets around to other people from Birmingham etc that Worcester has no business they won't come here. How many out of town people have been caught recently selling in Worcester?
And when word gets around to other people from Birmingham etc that Worcester has no business they won't come here. How many out of town people have been caught recently selling in Worcester? notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

6:41pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

I've never bought anything from outsiders. Don't associate with anyone selling from another town.
I've never bought anything from outsiders. Don't associate with anyone selling from another town. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

6:49pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Who really cares wrote:
"Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester and maybe these scumbags will stop coming to Worcester and flooding it with drugs and other crime."

Have your really put this, there not selling sweets. How about don't buy drugs in general and stop morons like this altogether.
I doubt people will stop buying drugs if someone writes it on here.. Lol. However, people may decide to not buy from outsiders. There's too many coming here. It was about 10 years ago 2 were living in a tent in perry wood ( brummies ). They got caught on way back from brum after picking up a supply, only to be pulled over and caught with a handgun. So yes, don't get evolved with outsiders..
[quote][p][bold]Who really cares[/bold] wrote: "Don't buy drugs off people unless they're from Worcester and maybe these scumbags will stop coming to Worcester and flooding it with drugs and other crime." Have your really put this, there not selling sweets. How about don't buy drugs in general and stop morons like this altogether.[/p][/quote]I doubt people will stop buying drugs if someone writes it on here.. Lol. However, people may decide to not buy from outsiders. There's too many coming here. It was about 10 years ago 2 were living in a tent in perry wood ( brummies ). They got caught on way back from brum after picking up a supply, only to be pulled over and caught with a handgun. So yes, don't get evolved with outsiders.. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

7:29pm Thu 25 Jul 13

New Kid on the Block says...

notabraincellinhishe
ad says only use drug dealing scum that come from Worcester.
Where does Mr intelligent think they get their supplies from?
We may have some skunk grown in Worcester but I have never seen any local opium poppy fields.
Best idea, don't buy any drugs and lock up dealers for a long time.
notabraincellinhishe ad says only use drug dealing scum that come from Worcester. Where does Mr intelligent think they get their supplies from? We may have some skunk grown in Worcester but I have never seen any local opium poppy fields. Best idea, don't buy any drugs and lock up dealers for a long time. New Kid on the Block

7:41pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

And last time I checked there wasn't any in Birmingham either. I mean dealers from outside Worcester selling in Worcester clever clogs. Like I said before, if telling people not to do drugs on here would stop that then imagine all the money our probation services would save. However, telling people not to buy off people they don't know ( outsiders ) they might listen. Anyway, I'm off to Birmingham in search of opium and coca plants.. I might be a while
And last time I checked there wasn't any in Birmingham either. I mean dealers from outside Worcester selling in Worcester clever clogs. Like I said before, if telling people not to do drugs on here would stop that then imagine all the money our probation services would save. However, telling people not to buy off people they don't know ( outsiders ) they might listen. Anyway, I'm off to Birmingham in search of opium and coca plants.. I might be a while notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

10:31pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Couldn't find any, however I did find a load of rape seed. I'm not going to smoke it though, can't be doing with being on the sex offenders register. On way to Birmingham now, I'll be sure to sell it there. After all, buying drugs from strangers seems to be the craze!
Couldn't find any, however I did find a load of rape seed. I'm not going to smoke it though, can't be doing with being on the sex offenders register. On way to Birmingham now, I'll be sure to sell it there. After all, buying drugs from strangers seems to be the craze! notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

11:14pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Give Up! says...

Pretty much one of the daftest arguments I have read.... If I need heroin then I buy heroin, the cheaper it is then the more I can buy... Dealers come from out of the area and sell cheaply until their market us established... Once established they up the price and use threat and violence should you buy from another.. 2 ways of removing the problem, help and support for the user and massive sentences for the dealers..
Pretty much one of the daftest arguments I have read.... If I need heroin then I buy heroin, the cheaper it is then the more I can buy... Dealers come from out of the area and sell cheaply until their market us established... Once established they up the price and use threat and violence should you buy from another.. 2 ways of removing the problem, help and support for the user and massive sentences for the dealers.. Give Up!

11:32pm Thu 25 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Yeh, last time I came across someone selling heroin and crack they were selling ten bags- not sure how much he wanted for them though. I was too busy buying sweets from one of "who really cares" drug dealers..
Yeh, last time I came across someone selling heroin and crack they were selling ten bags- not sure how much he wanted for them though. I was too busy buying sweets from one of "who really cares" drug dealers.. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

5:26am Fri 26 Jul 13

Illogik says...

STFU
STFU Illogik

8:08am Fri 26 Jul 13

Secret agent 46 says...

The man was a thug who bullied and threatend people his whole life.. If you want to be the big hard man then eventually your pay the ultimate price... I feel sorry for the family but not him
The man was a thug who bullied and threatend people his whole life.. If you want to be the big hard man then eventually your pay the ultimate price... I feel sorry for the family but not him Secret agent 46

8:58am Fri 26 Jul 13

Who really cares says...

notANOTHERbrillianth
eadline

Think we need iron a few points out here.

1. "I was too busy buying sweets from one of "who really cares" drug dealers"

Never said I buy drugs. Never have and never will. So lets not imply that shall we!

2. "I doubt people will stop buying drugs if someone writes it on here.. Lol."

Yet you seem to think that people who take drugs come on here for advise from you. Not sure that is the case.

3. Finally don't buy drugs from outsiders as they are dangerous!!!!

What!!! So Worcester drug dealers are all very nice people are they? I am sure that they have their fair share of scrapes with the law along the way.

With your thinking we had better get some Drug Dealer ID cards made so we can pass them around town. We don't want those outsiders coming and working on our turf do we.
notANOTHERbrillianth eadline Think we need iron a few points out here. 1. "I was too busy buying sweets from one of "who really cares" drug dealers" Never said I buy drugs. Never have and never will. So lets not imply that shall we! 2. "I doubt people will stop buying drugs if someone writes it on here.. Lol." Yet you seem to think that people who take drugs come on here for advise from you. Not sure that is the case. 3. Finally don't buy drugs from outsiders as they are dangerous!!!! What!!! So Worcester drug dealers are all very nice people are they? I am sure that they have their fair share of scrapes with the law along the way. With your thinking we had better get some Drug Dealer ID cards made so we can pass them around town. We don't want those outsiders coming and working on our turf do we. Who really cares

10:29am Fri 26 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Drug dealer ID cards, sounds like a plan!! Just because someone sells drugs it doesn't mean they're horrible people. All the dealers I've met have been alright actually, just went down the wrong path in life. How can you comment on people who you have never met in your life? You're just assuming.
Drug dealer ID cards, sounds like a plan!! Just because someone sells drugs it doesn't mean they're horrible people. All the dealers I've met have been alright actually, just went down the wrong path in life. How can you comment on people who you have never met in your life? You're just assuming. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

10:50am Fri 26 Jul 13

Who really cares says...

"How can you comment on people who you have never met in your life? You're just assuming."

That is very true. So that that point I must Apologise.
"How can you comment on people who you have never met in your life? You're just assuming." That is very true. So that that point I must Apologise. Who really cares

10:52am Fri 26 Jul 13

pinkfluff says...

This is surreal.......it's a bit like a weird "Buy British" campaign lol.

I think I need a lie down lol.
This is surreal.......it's a bit like a weird "Buy British" campaign lol. I think I need a lie down lol. pinkfluff

11:07am Fri 26 Jul 13

the real che guevara says...

great plan, legalize and educate people they can make their own choices then regarding drugs.

It stop most of the illegal activity in a heartbeat :-)
great plan, legalize and educate people they can make their own choices then regarding drugs. It stop most of the illegal activity in a heartbeat :-) the real che guevara

1:04pm Fri 26 Jul 13

Ronnie6704 says...

Another awesome idea! Legalise drugs and that will stop illegal activity! Brains! Lets legalise everything that way we will have no illegal activity at all!

Are some people on another planet? Quite clearly too many drugs!
Another awesome idea! Legalise drugs and that will stop illegal activity! Brains! Lets legalise everything that way we will have no illegal activity at all! Are some people on another planet? Quite clearly too many drugs! Ronnie6704

1:24pm Fri 26 Jul 13

the real che guevara says...

yeah Ronnie because the war on drugs for the last 30 years costing billions up billions of pounds has worked a treat hasn't it. similar to prohibition in America = epic fail.

The thing certain people fail to grasp is if someone wants to do something, such as take drugs, they most likely will.

The fact it is illegal is irrelevant. In the case of cannabis the fact it is illegal is laughable in all honesty, alcohol is far more destructive to society and that is perfectly legal.
yeah Ronnie because the war on drugs for the last 30 years costing billions up billions of pounds has worked a treat hasn't it. similar to prohibition in America = epic fail. The thing certain people fail to grasp is if someone wants to do something, such as take drugs, they most likely will. The fact it is illegal is irrelevant. In the case of cannabis the fact it is illegal is laughable in all honesty, alcohol is far more destructive to society and that is perfectly legal. the real che guevara

3:22pm Fri 26 Jul 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Illogik wrote:
STFU
No, I'm quite happy commenting actually. I noticed you haven't said anything else at all, did you read your own comment and think someone wrote it to you?
[quote][p][bold]Illogik[/bold] wrote: STFU[/p][/quote]No, I'm quite happy commenting actually. I noticed you haven't said anything else at all, did you read your own comment and think someone wrote it to you? notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

9:17pm Fri 26 Jul 13

lauraloo84 says...

R.I.P Adie xx
R.I.P Adie xx lauraloo84

10:26pm Fri 26 Jul 13

pronstar says...

Another victim of prohibition
Another victim of prohibition pronstar

10:43am Sun 28 Jul 13

Harry2nd says...

Some people are liking all of the attention they are getting from posting hurtful, insane comments on here. Maybe ignoring and not quoting would be a good idea. Oh yes and don't forget the report button!
Some people are liking all of the attention they are getting from posting hurtful, insane comments on here. Maybe ignoring and not quoting would be a good idea. Oh yes and don't forget the report button! Harry2nd

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