Three people convicted of the brutal murder of an 18-year-old man

17/04/2013

Emma Hall, James Danby and Tony O'Toole were convicted at the Central Criminal Court today of the murder of Luke Harwood. Luke was killed on 27 May in Romford.

Jenny Hopkins, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was an extremely violent and brutal murder.
"Danby and O'Toole attacked Luke in the mistaken belief that he had raped a 16-year-old two years ago.
"What followed was a prolonged assault in which Luke was kicked and punched repeatedly.
"Hall then drove Danby, O'Toole and Luke to a secluded place nearby where the beating continued until they had killed Luke.
"After committing this shocking act of violence Hall, Danby, O'Toole and their friend Billy Duggan burnt their blood-stained clothes and cleaned up the blood from the house.
"The following evening they planned to further destroy evidence of their horrific crime by mutilating Luke's body. However, the police were alerted and they were stopped and arrested.
"At the time of his death Luke weighed just over seven stone and stood no chance against this vicious group. CPS London is committed to prosecuting violent offenders and those that help them to try and conceal their crimes.
"We hope this verdict will bring some comfort to Luke's family and our thoughts are with them."

Background

Defendants and convictions:

Emma Hall
Murder
Grievous Bodily Harm with intent
Doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice

James Danby
Murder
Grievous Bodily Harm with intent
Doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice
Conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice

Tony O'Toole
Murder
Doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice
Conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice


Billy Duggan
Doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice
Conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice

They will all be sentenced on 24 April.