30/11/2009

Life Sentences For East London Killing

A man and boy have been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of a murder in east London.

Jason Michael, 39 and Harry Farrant, 14, of of Hewett's Quay, Barking were found guilty on 29 October at the Old Bailey following a three week trial.

They were charged with grievous bodily harm on a 29-year-old man on 14 February at the Captain Cook pub in Broadway, Barking and the same on a 49-year-old man on 13 April at the Victoria pub in Axe Street, Barking and the murder of Daniel Leahy, 45 on 13 April at the Victoria pub in Axe Street, Barking.
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Both were jailed for life, with Jason Michael to serve a minimum of 19 years and Harry Farrant a minimum of 14 years.

By way of background, police were called at 9pm on 13 April regarding a stabbing at the Victoria pub.

Daniel Leahy from the Barking area was pronounced dead at the scene and a post mortem examination gave cause of death as stab wounds to the chest.

It is thought that Mr Leahy was involved in some sort of altercation with two males shortly before he was attacked.

A second man - aged 49 - suffered a minor cut to the head during the incident.

(BMcC/KMcA)

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