CONVICTED: Tuggie Phillips found guilty of killing Stephen Bailey in 1999
A MAN has been sentenced to life in prison, 13 years after brutally attacking his victim and fleeing the country.
Tuggie Phillips, aka John Reid, was convicted of killing Stephen Bailey in July 1999 and attempting to murder Stephen's brother, Paul.
The murder is believed to have occurred following a row over drugs, which the Bailey brothers were involved in.
On the day of the murder, Phillips turned up to the victim's home with another suspect and threatened to throw Paul Bailey, then aged 41, from the balcony but he held on to his assailant and was instead stabbed in the chest.
Stephen, 39, was hit over the head with a blunt object as he escaped from the flat, but died from his injuries 16 days later.
A fingerprint match was later found between a mark found on a light switch at the scene and Phillips. He was also identified by Paul as Stephen's murderer.
Shortly after the incident the suspect went on the run but further checks found he was living under the name John Reid, in south London.
Last March, Phillips was found after he attempted to use a passport under his alias when boarding a plane Holland to Dublin.
Susan Mansaray, the sister of the two vicitms, said: "Our family has suffered great pain and distress as a result of the violent, callous and unprovoked attack on our brothers. That pain remains with us. One doesn't get over such tragedy. One simply learns to live with it and accept that life has changed forever."
Senior investigating officer, DI Robert Pack said: "Phillips thought he could escape justice by breaching his bail, changing his name and living his life below the radar."
He added: "However, the MPS is tenacious and unflinching in tracking these sorts of individuals. The needs and expectations of Paul and Stephen's family always came first and, although it took a number of years, it is a source of immense satisfaction that Phillips was finally brought to justice."