Teenager convicted of murdering man in Telford with cricket bat UK news


Teenager convicted of murdering man in Telford with cricket bat UK news A 16-year-old boy has been been found guilty after hitting stepfather who was looking for stolen bikes A 16-year-old boy has been been found guilty after hitting stepfather who was looking for stolen bikes A 16-year-old boy has been convicted of murdering a stepfather who was hit with a cricket bat while searching for his family’s two stolen bicycles. The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict after a jury at Stafford crown court rejected his claims of self-defence and lack of intent to cause serious harm. A seven-day trial was told the teenager, from Telford in Shropshire, fractured the skull of Derek Whyteside, after creeping up behind the 42-year-old during a dispute over the missing bikes. Whyteside immediately collapsed and his head struck the ground, causing him a further fracture, and he died in hospital two days later. Opening the crown’s case against the 16-year-old last week, prosecutor Kevin Hegarty QC said Whyteside was hit with a full swing of the bat by the teenager on the afternoon of June 18 this year. Hegarty said that the victim, who lived in Dawley, Telford, with his partner and her four children, was attacked by the boy after going to a house in nearby Malinslee. The barrister said: “He was looking for two stolen bicycles and also he was looking for those responsible for stealing them.” Whyteside, who was said by witnesses to be armed with a knuckle-duster, had not seen the youngster as he was struck and had no chance to defend himself, or to get away, the court heard. During his case, the defendant claimed to be in fear for his life after being confronted by Whyteside, telling jurors he picked up a cricket bat after being chased and threatened. The boy was remanded in custody and now faces a mandatory life sentence next month. Adjourning the case, Judge Paul Glenn told him: “The type of sentence in this case – as I’m sure you have been told – is inevitable. “But I want as much information about you as possible before I decide what the minimum term of that sentence shall be.” A press application for the boy to be identified will be ruled upon at the sentencing hearing.

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