COVENRTY – A man who bludgeoned his friend with a brass statuette before throwing him from an eighth-floor balcony has been jailed for life.
Masih, of Paradise House, Eden Street, Foleshill, denied one charge of murder but was found guilty by a jury at Warwick Crown Court.
He was ordered to serve a minimum 15 years in jail.
West Midlands Police said Mazorodze’s “crumpled” body was spotted on a disabled access ramp at about 23:30 pm on December 4 last year.
They said Masih changed his bloodied clothes and attempted to clean parts of the flat before leaving the crime scene.
Following Masih’s arrest, blood-stained clothes were found at his mother’s address.
Mazordze’s family, from Zimbabwe, were in court to see Masih sentenced.
A post-mortem examination found Mr Mazorodze, of Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry, also known as “Eddie”, died as a result of falling from a height.
Mazorodze’s parents, who travelled from Zimbabwe to witness Masih’s trial, said the impact of their son’s death had been “catastrophic”.