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Mark Hopes was beaten to death with a vase by his wife Maria and his stepson Leon in Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw (Wales). A bloodied Sky remote control was also found in pieces. They were each charged with murder and each essentially blamed the other. The court heard MR. Hopes’ mother Ida Smith received a phone call from Port’s mobile phone on the night of the alleged murder. She heard laughter in the background, with a female voice saying: “You’re dead, you greasy fat *******.”

Lower part of the background inspired by Kehinde Wiley.

Acrylic and threads on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016