Police have welcomed the conviction and sentence of three men in connection with the death of 17-year-old Brandon Regan, who died in Speke last January.
Brandon Regan’s body was found on 29 January 2018 in the garden of an address in Critchley Road, Speke. Following enquiries, it was found that Brandon died as a result of stab wounds inflicted in the early hours of that day.
An extensive investigation into the incident established that Brandon had earlier that evening stolen a scooter in Millwood Court, Speke and the offenders had sought him out and stabbed him to death.
26-year-old Lewis Gibbons of Holland Road, Halewood was arrested on 22 November 2018 and later charged with murder. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years.
24-year-old Steven Jones of no fixed abode was arrested on 31 January 2018 and later charged with murder. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years.
22-year-old Jack Butterworth of Finsbury Park, Widnes was arrested on 7 February 2018 and later charged with murder. He was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
All there were convicted at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, 3 May at Liverpool Crown Court.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Colin Rennison, who led the investigation said: “Brandon’s death can only be described as tragic lost his life as a consequence of someone recklessly using a knife, after the offenders chose to escalate a minor dispute over the theft of bike.
“Today’s sentencing cannot undo the hurt caused to Brandon’s family but hopefully gives them some sense of justice as they continue to come to terms with their loss.
“Tackling knife crime is not something we and the courts can do alone and need a collective community response to put a stop to it. We continue to work closely with partners and other people about devastating consequences, which Brandon’s death sadly shows.
“If you know somebody is carrying a knife when they go out, I would urge you to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously. We will act on all information reported to us to make our streets safer.
“Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111." #StopKnifeCrime
Brandon's family have wished to express their thanks to the investigation team and also to family and friends for their support during this difficult time.