TWO teenagers have been sentenced to five years in a youth detention centre for killing a 23-year-old father by attacking him on Chester’s walls.
Kieran Cunnah, 18, of Durham Road, Blacon, and Jordan Andrews, 17, of Dyserth Road, Blacon, were sentenced at Chester Crown Court today (Tuesday, December 21) after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Christopher Garwell from Connah’s Quay.
Cunnah, who has five previous convictions for 15 offences, was still subject to a rehabilitation order at the time of the offence. This was revoked as part of the sentence.
Andrews was subject to an ASBO at the time of the offence and has three previous convictions for five offences.
Both have spent 193 days on remand, which will be taken off their sentences.
Their mothers shook their heads and sobbed as they heard the verdict and watched their sons being led away.
A 17-year-old male who pleaded guilty to affray with respect to the same June 3 incident received a 12-month referral order. He had spent 174 days on remand.
Sentencing, The Honourable Mr Justice Nicol KT said: “The jury held you jointly responsible for the assault which led to Christopher’s death.”
Dismissing Cunnah’s and Andrews’ assertions that the attack was in self-defence, he added: “Although Christopher was older than you, he showed no violence at all during the day.
“It was a case of two on one and the one you faced was so stoned and drunk that he could have posed no threat to either of you.
“The jury’s verdicts mean that they were sure your violence was not lawful self-defence, but unwarranted and unlawful.”
In a separate hearing, mother-of-three Leanne Dry, 30, from Stamford Road, Blacon, who pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by threatening a witness over social networking site Facebook, was given a six-month custodial sentence suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.