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Two men convicted of manslaughter of an off-duty police officer

31/07/2015

Andrew Taylor and Timmy Donovan have today been found guilty by a jury of the manslaughter of off-duty police officer Neil Doyle who died on 19th December 2014.

Helen Morris, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS Merseyside and Cheshire, said:

"Neil Doyle, a recently married off duty police officer, was enjoying a Christmas night out with colleagues when they were subjected to an attack by the defendants Andrew Taylor and Timmy Donovan.

"Following the attack Andrew Taylor and Timmy Donovan left the scene and continued to enjoy their night out, whilst their victims were taken to hospital where Neil Doyle tragically died later from an injury caused by the assault. His friends and fellow police officers Robert Marshall and Michael Steventon were also seriously injured.

"Neil's family and friends spent last Christmas mourning his death and we hope that today's verdicts will bring some comfort, knowing that those responsible have been brought to justice."

Background

Off duty police officers Neil Doyle, Robert Marshall and Michael Steventon were in Liverpool City Centre enjoying a pre-Christmas night out with colleagues on 18 December 2014. Timmy Donovan, Andrew Taylor and Christopher Spendlove were also on a night out. It was Christopher Spendlove's 30th birthday.

Neil Doyle and his friends were assaulted by Andrew Taylor and Timmy Donovan and, tragically, Neil Doyle died in the early hours of Friday 19 December from his injury. His colleagues, Robert Marshall and Michael Steventon both suffered injuries which required hospital treatment.

Andrew Taylor and Timmy Donovan will be sentenced on 11 September.

Convictions

Christopher Spendlove was found not guilty of all counts.

Count 1: murder: All NG

Count 2: manslaughter: Andrew Taylor - G, Timmy Donovan - G

Count 3: S18 wounding with intent in relation to Robert Marshall: Andrew Taylor - G, Timmy Donovan - G

Count 4: S20 unlawful wounding in relation to Robert Marshall:  All NG

Count 5: S18 causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Michael Steventon: Andrew Taylor - G

Ends

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