Five guilty of Lincoln killing

17/12/2010

Four people, two of them teenagers have been convicted of the murder of Shaun Rossington in Lincoln in June 2010 in an attack described by CPS Crown Advocate James Allen as ‘vicious and unprovoked’. A 17 year old girl has been convicted of manslaughter. They and a 14 year old girl have also been convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Darryl Jones, Nicolas Shelbourne, Mark Jackson, Jordan ORourke, all from Lincoln, attacked Mr Rossington on a grassed area in the Ermine estate of the city in the early hours of 3 June 2010, leaving him unconscious. He died of his injures later that morning. The 17 year old girl, who cannot be named because of her age, was involved in their plan to lure him to the area.

The group then concocted a story to deceive the subsequent police investigation and attempted to dispose of evidence that would link them with the attack. They claimed to have discovered Mr Rossingtons body, contacted the emergency services and gave their concocted version of events.

Mr Allen, Crown Advocate at the CPS East Midlands Complex Casework Unit said: "Shaun Rossington was a young man with his life in front of him, but he was tragically attacked and killed on 3rd June 2010. It was a vicious and unprovoked attack by a group of young people who had lured him to his death.

"The group then concocted a story to deceive the subsequent police investigation and attempted to dispose of evidence that would link them with the attack. They claimed to have discovered Mr Rossingtons body, contacted the emergency services and gave their concocted version of events.

Once the Lincolnshire Police investigation uncovered the deceit of the defendants, the case was passed to the CPS East Midlands Complex Casework Unit. The unit worked closely with the police to provide charging advice and to build a case for the prosecution.

James Allen continued: "It was the prosecution's case that the accounts they had given the police were false and that they were therefore covering something up, namely that they were responsible for the attack. Examination of communication between individual defendants and Mr Rossington showed that they had lured Mr Rossington to the area where they had attacked him.

"It was therefore our case that they should all be prosecuted for murder in the form of a joint enterprise, which means that they had acted together in planning the attack, and that their attempted cover up amounted to a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

"The verdicts demonstrate that those responsible tried, in vain, to cover up what they had done in attempt to escape justice. Their lies and deceit made the task of investigating and prosecuting those responsible for Shaun Rossingtons death more difficult and the jury has had to consider a significant amount of evidence in reaching their verdict.

"The Crown Prosecution Service would also like to extend our condolences to Shaun Rossingtons family who have had to hear some distressing evidence of the way he died and have behaved with dignity throughout their ordeal."