Five teenagers found guilty of murder

Clockwise from top left: Reese O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Hewitt, Keyfer Dykstra, Corey Hewitt, Joseph McGill

Sean McHugh was just nineteen when he was stabbed to death in a Liverpool launderette last year.

 

Six teenagers were tried for the murder at Liverpool Crown Court.  Reese O’Shaughnessy, 19, alleged to have been the ringleader, and Keyfer Dykstra, 14, were unanimously found guilty.  Andrew Hewitt, 15, Corey Hewitt and Joseph McGill, both 14, but just 13 at the time, were found guilty by a majority of 10-2.  The sixth teenager was found not guilty, and was released having spent seven months in custody awaiting sentence.

The jury spent over 17 hours in deliberations.  The boys, said to be part of a gang known as “The Laneheads”, cornered Mr McHugh and attacked him with knives and what was described as a makeshift “sword stick” almost two feet long.  He escaped, was found in an alleyway and later died in hospital.

Some of the joint-enterprise attack was captured on CCTV, and this, along with text messages sent between the boys, was shown during trial.

The defendants were subject to reporting restrictions throughout the trial, however following the verdicts Judge Goldstone QC, the Senior Resident Circuit Judge at Liverpool Crown Court, lifted the restrictions, saying:

 “I am quite satisfied the criteria for the naming of the defendants is made out. It is in the public interest they be named, not to score points on behalf of the those who have been bereaved but because the public is entitled to know when boys of this age commit crimes of the gravity which these are.”

Detective Chief Inspector Andy O’Connor reportedly said:

“Since the attack, none of the five has shown any remorse for what they did to Sean and for the taking a young man’s life.

They have even laughed and joked in the dock at court despite being charged with such a serious offence.”

 

Sentence

The boys face a life sentence for the murder. It is likely that the starting point for Reese O’Shaughnessy is likely to be 25 years, as he was over 18 at the time of the offence and brought a weapon to the scene.  The others face a starting point of 12 years, due to their ages.  The aggravating features, which may increase the overall term, are likely to be the planning involved in the offence.  Age may be a mitigating factor.

 

Sentencing will take place on 2nd July to allow for the preparation of Pre-Sentence Reports.

 

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3 thoughts on “Five teenagers found guilty of murder

  1. Liberte, Egalite, Sororite

    This is tragic what is happening to our young people and to our young men in particular. So many lives ruined in an instant and Mr McHugh the victim lost his life completely. Even though justice has been done there are no winners here.

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  2. antonynostro

    LIBERTE,EGALITE,SORORITE,I AGREE,SADLEY THE WORLD IS BECOMONING AMERICANISED,THE WORLD’S NUMBER 2,IS STEERING OUR PLANET AND IT’S YOUTH TOWARD’S MURDER AND INHUMANITY TOWARD’S FELLOW MAN,THROUGH MUSIC,FILM,AND DVD GAME’S,THIS IS ALL AS A RESULT OF THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE? LIKE THE ROMAN’S AND GERMAN’S, THE WORLD CANOT BE RULED THROUGH FEAR?
    MY COMMENT IS NOT DIRECTED AT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PER SAY,BUT AT THE REIGME IN WITCH HER INHABITANT’S HAVE BEEN RAISED,EVREY TOPIC IS BASED ON MURDER,COMPNY’S SELL WASHING MACHINE’S WITH MURDERING THE WIFE IN THE ADVERTISEMENT? THE FILM INDUSTRY IN AMERICA HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR?
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  3. antonynostro

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