A MOTHER wept and wailed as her son, and his friend, were jailed for 15 years for murdering 59-year-old Northwich grandad Jock Straiton.
Nigel Goolding and Joshua Spruce, both 20, were silent with heads bowed as they were led away from the courtroom by security officers at Chester Crown Court this morning (Friday).
The emotion and realisation of what the duo had been found guilty of, by a jury after a five-week trial, was simply too much for family members of the defendants.
Before delivering the minimum life sentence, Judge Roderick Evans said: "This is another instance of drunken mindless violence. There is no possible justification for what they have done.
"This was group drunken violence outside the homes of many on a public street in sight of the public."
Judge Evans agreed with both defence lawyers that Goolding, of Cromwell Road, and Spruce, of Alderley Road, had not intended to kill Mr Straiton, a part-time taxi driver, but that was outweighed by the level of the violence involved.
Judge Evans continued by saying that the mitigating and aggravating features of the case cancelled each other out and told Goolding, appearing in a brown shirt and tie, and Spruce, in a white shirt and tie, their fate: "The minimum term that each of you will serve is 15 years. Once you have served that term you might not be released immediately. You will only be released on the agreement of the parole board. You will also remain on licence for the rest of your life."
Judge Evans confirmed that despite the sentencing of Spruce and Goolding, the case is not closed. He said: "There is undoubtedly a third person involved that has not been brought to justice."
Goolding and Spruce’s co-accused Paul Blower was acquitted of murder on Wednesday.