5th May, 2007,
Stephen Green, aged 54, was attacked in an underpass
beneath the M1 in Dunstable by a gang of four as he cycled
home. He died in hospital nine days later from a blood
clot as a result of the injuries he suffered. It emerged
at trial that the four had met up to plan a robbery, while
there they smoked cannabis, and drunk a large quantity of
Mr Green, from Ackworth
Crescent, Luton, remained in the underpass after the
beating for two hours before being found by a passer-by.
16th May 2007 Four
defendants were arrested, in a police swoop on their
Darryll Bennett, 18,
Richard McNamara, 19, Nicholas Garland, 18, and Shane
Liddy, 19, all from Luton.
Mr Green's blood was
found on trainers belonging to Mr McNamara and Mr Garland.
2nd April 2008,
trial begins at Luton crown court. All four are charged
Bennett, of Eighth Avenue, McNamara of Butely Road,
Garland of Bradley Road, pleaded guilty to an alternative
charge of manslaughter and also pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to rob. Bennett admitted a further charge of
attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Liddy, of Brickley Road, denied manslaughter and
conspiracy to rob,
Friday 16th May 2008,
All four were found guilty of murder,
Bennett, was given a
minimum term of 19 years.
He was currently serving a three-year sentence for two
other robberies and a theft for which he was on bail when
he killed Mr Green.
McNamara was sentenced to a
minimum of 15 years,
Garland a minimum of 12 years and Liddy a minimum of 16 years in jail.