Man found guilty of Delaney Brown murder - Luton

15/05/2013

A man has today, Wednesday, 15 May 2013, been found guilty at Luton Crown Court of the murder of 19-year-old Delaney Brown.

Delaney was killed after being deliberately knocked from a bicycle as he rode along the pavement in Vincent Road, Leagrave on 05 September 2012.

During the trial the jury heard how a stolen silver series one BMW, driven by Kyle Beckford, had mounted the pavement at speed and hit the bike Delaney was riding, causing fatal injuries.

Beckford, now 22, of Waleys Close, Luton, was charged with Delaney's murder by officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Team on the advice of the Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, but during the trial, which began on 29 April, he offered a guilty plea to manslaughter. Today, the jury found him unanimously guilty of the murder of Delaney Brown.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "We have worked closely with Bedfordshire Police since this investigation was launched. This was a tragic crime, which led to the untimely death of Delaney Brown.

"Beckford had pleaded not guilty to murder. During the trial he offered a guilty plea to manslaughter, but this was not accepted and the murder trial continued. The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict for murder despite Beckford's denials.

"The Crown Prosecution Service praises the strength and courage of Delaney's family who sat through the trial and listened to the horrific details of how Delaney was deliberately driven at, knocked off his bicycle and killed.

I would like to acknowledge the bravery of the witnesses who came forward anonymously and thank them for providing statements despite their serious concerns of repercussions.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for Delaney and his family and friends. We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help Delaney's family and friends come to terms with this tragic event.

"Beckford has been sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 24 years in prison. However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends of Delaney. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Speaking after today's verdict, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Collin, said: "This was a difficult case from the very beginning of the investigation. We received lots of information from the public, which helped piece together the background of the individuals involved, but understandably it took some time to encourage key witnesses to make formal statements. Without these key witnesses this result would not have been possible, and I would like to put on record my thanks to those people who put their trust in the police, and have shown great bravery and courage at coming forward. That said we know that there are still some people who chose not to help this investigation and their decision could have seen this case fail.

"Delaney's family have been supportive of the investigation and Delaney's grandfather found the strength to undertake media appeals to encourage people to support the inquiry. As a senior investigating officer, it is always sad to see a family lose a young person in such violent circumstances and my sympathies remain with Delaney's family at this time.

"As stated during the press conferences held shortly after Delaney's death - Delaney and Kyle were both friends when they were at school but as they became adults they grew apart. With information received from the public we now know they became involved in opposing groups of young men who were involved in crime. We believe the motivation for this incident was brought about by the personal contempt that grew between Kyle and Delaney. After several incidents involving the two publicly showing contempt towards each other Kyle Beckford deliberately took this opportunity to kill Delaney and now he is facing the consequences of his actions. He is now 22 and facing a lengthy sentence, which means he will be middle aged by the time he is released. He will have lost the best years of his life because of the choices he made.

"Any criminal investigation relies on evidence and the testimony of people who are prepared to make formal statements. This case does illustrate how the police and the community can work together, even during the most distressing and sensitive cases.

"I hope that members of the public will now understand and see for themselves that no matter how long it takes and who is involved; whether it be ethnicity, age, social standing or sex of the victim, these elements do not dictate how an investigation is dealt with the police will not rest until every piece of evidence is found and justice is done."