Teenagers convicted for killing of Shane Tunney

19/05/2016

Seven teenagers have been convicted at Teesside Crown Court, after a cowardly assault on a man led to his death.

The charges were brought in relation to the death of Norton man Shane Tunney, 24, who spent five weeks in hospital before succumbing to his injuries on July 29 last year. His friend, Anthony Kirk, was also struck with a metal bar during the same attack.

Kearan Terry Davis (18) was found guilty of murder and a further charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

Keiran Harry Davis (18) was found guilty of murder, but was found not guilty of a charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. He was instead found guilty of an alternate charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Daniel Josh Hunt (18), Jake Douglas (18), a 16-year old and a 17-year old were all found not guilty of murder and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. They were found guilty of alternate charges of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Brandon Pitt (18) was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of Manslaughter and a charge of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent. Each of them will be sentenced at a hearing in June.

Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East, said: "Shane Tunney sustained devastating injuries as a result of a savage and unprovoked assault; one in which each of those convicted today played a part.

"Throughout this trial the defendants have consistently tried to minimise their guilt, play down their involvement and blame each other for the injuries that ultimately led to Mr Tunney's tragic death.

"Through their unwillingness to show any remorse for their actions, those convicted have effectively extended the suffering of Mr Tunney's family and friends. Mr Kirk was lucky to have escaped more serious injuries during the attack, but faced the distress of witnessing the assault on his friend and having to relive those events during the course this trial.  

"I would hope that todays convictions provide some measure of comfort for all of those who knew and loved Shane Tunney. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Cleveland Police, with whom we have worked very closely to build a robust case against those convicted today."