North East UK news Gang of teenagers jailed for 124 years for brutal Jack Woodley murder PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The youths, aged between 15 and 18, murdered Jack in a group attack after attending the Houghton Feast last October
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A gang of 10 teenagers who murdered Jack Woodley have been sentenced to over 124 years in detention. The youths, aged between 15 and 18, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of murdering Jack in a group attack after attending the Houghton Feast, Houghton-le-Spring in October last year. The gang were said to be "looking for trouble" before they launched a joint attack on 18-year-old Jack, who had attended the fair with his girlfriend. On Friday, the 10 teenagers appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where they were each sentenced for murder. The court heard that on October 16, last year, Jack was attacked and stabbed twice, once to the hip and then the second, fatal blow, to the back, near the Britannia Inn pub on Newbottle Street. Read more: Jack Woodley stabbing: Nine teens submit appeals against murder convictions Judge Rodney Jameson QC said Jack had attended the fair with his girlfriend and other friends, and was "standing at the threshold of his adult life". He said: "Jack was due to start a new job and was on his way to pick up his keys for a new flat. He had much to look forward to. However, none of those hopes will be fulfilled." The court heard how Jack had initially spoken to some of the defendants regarding a separate attack which involved a girl, and the brief conversation "seemed friendly". However, this "drew the attention" of other defendants who falsely accused him of having a knife. Judge Jameson said that Jack had done nothing wrong at all before the attack was launched and said there was a "background of fighting" at the Houghton Feast between locals and people from other villages and towns. The court heard there was an "opportunity to become involved in this violence". Family and friends of Jack Woodley outside Newcastle crown court (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Judge Jameson said that Jack was then set upon by the youths, with one delivering the fatal knife blow with a "Rambo-style" knife before some followed him into an alley and continued to punch and stamp on him. Before the attack, one defendant asked if Jack was a "Townie" and that he was in "trouble" if so. Another was heard to say: "Why don't you get the chopper out and do him?". The 15-year-old who stabbed Jack, then fled and changed his clothes, the court heard. Jack was rushed to hospital but tragically died the next day. The 10 defendants who were jointly responsible for his murder were all under the age of 18 at the time. Sentencing the youth who inflicted the stab wound, the court heard he had one previous conviction for possession of a blade, and had lived in London where he became "involved in gang culture". His parents then decided to bring him to the North East in an attempt to get him away from that scene. When he started school, he told other pupils he had stabbed two people - however, there was no evidence to support his claim, which was described as "bravado". Jack Woodley Judge Jameson said he was "satisfied" the teen went to the Houghton Feast to get involved in violence and was "sure" he intended to kill Jack when he inflicted the stabs. He was sentenced to serve a minimum term of 17 years before he is eligible for release.
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. He was described as having "average intelligence" and was sentenced to serve a minimum term of 13 and a half years. The third teen, 15, had one previous conviction for burglary and went to collect the knife with the youth who inflicted the stabs. He was sentenced to a minimum term of 15 years. The fourth teen, who is now 18-years-old, had attended the fair in possession of a knuckle duster, but did not hit Jack with it. Despite being one of the oldest, the court heard he was of low intelligence and was not a leader. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 15 years. The youngest of the defendants, a 15-year-old, was said not to have attended the fair wanting to fight. The court heard he may have been called a "girl" if he didn't attend and was said to have a learning disability. He was sentenced to a minimum of eight years. The sixth teen, also 15-years-old, had drank vodka and smoked cannabis on the night of the murder and was heard to shout "get the chopper out". The court heard the youth's parents and family had also been involved in criminality. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 13 years. The seventh teen, 15, had attempted to fight Jack outside a nearby dentist surgery, and was said to have a low IQ and was "easily led". He has problems with mental health, "anger management" and had been involved in "some bad behaviour" while in custody. He must serve a minimum of 10 years. The eighth teen, who is 16-years-old, became involved in the attack on Jack at a "late stage" and cried in the dock as he was told he must serve a minimum of 11 years. The ninth youth, 16, had written a letter to the judge describing how he is determined to turn his life around in the future. He must serve a minimum of 11 years. The tenth teen, the second 18-year-old, was said to be "lacking in self confidence", has a low IQ and ADHD. However, the court was told he was the most "heavily disguised" of the lot at the time. He must serve a minimum of 11 years. Judge Jameson QC told the court that the death of Jack resulted in the "loss of a much loved son, brother and partner". In total, the 10 youths will serve a minimum term of detention of 124 years and five months. Read next: Tragedy as woman found dead inside Durham property Drunk Newcastle mourner was thrown out of wake before threatening to kill his neighbours Newcastle robber violently attacked Esso worker and hit them in the head with vodka bottle Fenham rapist who carried out 'persistent sexual abuse' of child is caged for 24 years Sunderland dad terrified ex-partner with fake gun before smearing excrement inside cell
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