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Murder trio get total of 81 years in prison

10/11/2010

John Juandoo murderers get life.

Three men who brutally murdered John Juandoo on his 24th birthday have been sentenced to life imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court.

Simon Rigby and Lee Smith, together with a third man, Darren Jones, who had already pleaded guilty to the crime, will serve a minimum of 27 years each. The trio subjected Mr Juandoo  to a frienzied and merciless knife attack in the early hours of 15th April this year, before leaving him to die under a railway bridge in Garston.

During the trial, prosecutors told the court that Mr Juandoo sustained 22 individual stab wounds inflcited by more than one knife, including stab wounds to the abdomen, chest and to the shoulder which severed an artery.

Joanne Parsons, Crown Advocate at Merseyside CPS, said: "Jones, Rigby, Smith and Mr Jaundoo were all residents in a supported accommodation facilitiy called Kestrel Lodge.

"The trio had been enjoying a drink but the night had erupted in violence prior to the murder when Mr Juandoo had been viciously assaulted at Kestrel Lodge. The four men finally went to a local cash point to use Mr Jaundoo's debit card to withdraw cash, but there was a lack of funds in the account and they were forced to come away empty-handed. This was the catalyst for the fatal attack."

Mr Jaundoo was chased through the streets in the early hours of 15th April, before being cornered by the men under a railway bridge.

Mr Juandoo was stabbed repeatedly before being left to die, while the defendants returned to Kestral Lodge for breakfast.

"This was a terrible, callous crime committed on an innocent young man. We hope that the sentences will bring some element of justice for Mr Juandoo's family. Our thoughts are with them at this time."

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For more information contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire, on 0151 239 6465.