Three people who subjected a vulnerable man to “sadistic” levels of torture similar to the horror series Resident Evil have each been jailed for life for his murder.
Derek Blake, 44, was found dead in a bath full of water in a flat in his home town of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on May 24.
A pathologist found he had suffered 104 separate injuries and had been subjected to a “painful and humiliating” ordeal, Norwich Crown Court heard.
One of his killers later compared the alcohol-fuelled attack to Resident Evil, a graphic series of video games that has inspired five horror films.
The attack included pouring boiling water over Mr Blake, inflicting cuts and burns all over his body and torturing him with a pool cue.
The letter J had been carved into the side of his face.
Ricky Roys, 20, Andrew Brown, 42, and Helen Cooke, 19, all of St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth, pleaded guilty to the murder.
Judge Peter Jacobs sentenced all three to life imprisonment. Brown must serve a minimum of 23 years, Roys 20 and Cooke 18 before they will be considered for release.
Mr Jacobs said: “This was a murder involving sadistic conduct.
“This went far beyond a punishment beating and the infliction of this many injuries confirms you intended to kill him.”
Describing Mr Blake’s killing, prosecutor Graham Parkins said: “Despite being found immersed in water, he had not met his death by drowning. He was the victim of a sustained assault over an extended period of time. A claw hammer, a boning knife and another knife were found in the flat and these had been used in the attack.
“Mr Blake may have survived for some hours after the attack. He would have been conscious for much of that and would have been in extreme pain.”
Mr Parkins said Mr Blake had been a “mentally very fragile and vulnerable man”. He had problems with alcohol but was a “happy drunk”.
He met his killers in a hostel in the town and they became drinking partners.
After the killing, the three friends described the attack to people they knew. Cooke told one witness: “We battered him.”
Roys told another: “It was like something out of Resident Evil.”
Michael Clare, mitigating on behalf of Brown, said his recollection of the events was limited because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed.
Roys’ counsel, Ian James, said his client had led a “chaotic and drunken” lifestyle for many years.
Katherine Moore, for Cooke, said: “She had been drinking heavily since the age of 13. She effectively left school from the age of 14.”