A murderer has been jailed for life after killing a man during a drugs row in a Dorset hostel. Alex Banda, 28, of Poole, was found guilty of murdering Daniel Upson at the property on Frances Road, Bournemouth, on December 16 last year.
Dorset Police said Banda’s attack on the 47-year-old – who he accused of stealing his drugs – was “violent and sustained”. The jury during a trial heard at Winchester Crown Court that Banda repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on Mr Upson well beyond the point where he had lost consciousness.
Along with the murder, Banda was also found guilty of assault in relation to an attack on another man in the same building on the night he killed Mr Upson. Banda will serve a minimum of 14 years behind bars.
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Police arrested Banda the following day in Wareham. A statement from police said: “A man has received a life prison sentence for a fatal attack at an address in Bournemouth.
“Alex Banda, aged 28 and of Poole, was sentenced on Thursday 25 May 2023 at Winchester Crown Court after he had been convicted of the murder of 47-year-old Daniel Upson. He will serve a minimum term of 14 years.
“The charge related to a violent and sustained attack on Mr Upson at an address in Frances Road on the night of Friday, December 16 2022. Banda was also found guilty of an assault relating to an attack on another man at the address on the same night.
“During the trial, the jury heard how Banda had accused Mr Upson of stealing drugs from him and had launched a violent assault on his victim, punching him repeatedly before kicking him to the head area and stamping on him. Mr Upson was left unconscious in the room and Banda then went into a different room in the shared accommodation building and assaulted another man by punching him.
“Police were called the following morning after Mr Upson was found unresponsive. Following enquiries, Banda was arrested at an address in Wareham on Saturday, December 17, 2022.”
Detective Inspector Neil Third, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, added: “Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Upson at this time, and I would again like to thank all the officers, Crown Prosecution Service and witnesses who have helped to secure this conviction and sentence.”