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Pair guilty of manslaughter in Chester Walls death

17/12/2010

Two men have been convicted of manslaughter following the death of a young man from North Wales.

Christopher Garwell, 23, from Connahs Quay, died just days after he was attacked by a group of men in Chester in June of this year.

The jury at Chester Crown Court found Keiran Cunnah, 18, and Jordan Andrews,17, guilty of manslaughter after a five-week trial.

The prosecution told the court that Garwell had spent the day drinking in and around Chester City centre and met with the defendants in the case. Minutes before the fatal attack, Garwell had been assaulted by the accused in a row over drugs. He was found slumped and unconscious by a passer-by. He never regained consciousness and died six days later.

Rachael Barber, Senior Crown Prosecutor with Cheshire CPS, said: "This was a terrible crime which saw the life of a young man cruelly taken away. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Christopher Garwell. I would also like to thank all the people who came forward and gave vital evidence to ensure that those responsible have been brought to justice."

Four males from Chester originally stood accused in relation to Christopher Garwell's death. Part way through the trial, two of the accused, a 17 year-old boy and a 20 year old man, were found to have no case to answer. The 17 year-old, who cannot be named for  legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.

Sentencing for Andrews and Cunnah will take place on 21 December at Chester Crown Court. The 17 year-old boy who pleaded guilty to affray, and a woman, Leanne Dry, 30, who previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, will also be sentenced at this time. 

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