Three jailed in Jordan Watson murder case


George Thomson and Brahnn Finley, both 19, were found guilty of 14 year old Jordan Watson's murder at Carlisle Crown Court and were jailed for life with minimum terms respectively of 27 years and 14 years. A third man, Daniel Johnston, 20, was found guilty of manslaughter and was jailed for 10 years.

Jordan Watson's body was found in Upperby Cemetery in Carlisle on 15 June.  He had been repeatedly stabbed.

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West said: "This was a truly brutal murder that has shocked the whole community. Jordan Watson, only 14 years old, was lured into Upperby cemetery under false pretences by George Thomson. Jordan thought that he was meeting George Thomson to do a job for him but when Jordan arrived at the cemetery, Thomson carried out a sustained, violent attack on him, inflicting terrible and fatal injuries.

"This was a premeditated murder, committed out of jealousy and planned in great detail by George Thomson. Thomson had even told several people beforehand that he wanted to kill Jordan. In the time leading up to the murder he recruited Brahnn Finley and Daniel Johnston into his plan. They were present at the cemetery that night when Jordan Watson was attacked, and were there for no other reason but to provide back up and support to Thomson. The jury have found George Thomson and Brahnn Finley guilty of his murder and Daniel Johnston guilty of manslaughter.

"Jordan's murder has been devastating for his family and friends and no verdict or sentence can take away their terrible loss, but  I hope that today's outcome to the trial will help to bring some comfort. Our thoughts are with them today."