Life for Shane Watson killers

10/05/2013

Two men have today been sentenced to life at Wolverhampton Crown Court for the murder of Shane Watson.

Following a seven day trial, Shylon Wishart, aged 19 was found guilty on 16 April 2013 of murdering Mr Watson and he was sentenced today to 16 years. 18-year-old James Cartwright, who had pleaded guilty to murder at an earlier hearing, was sentenced to 13 years.

The body of Mr Watson was found unconscious in an alleyway in Sedgley, Dudley in the early hours of Saturday 28 July 2012. He would later be pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Russells Hall Hospital.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This is an extremely tragic case of a young man who had become separated from his girlfriend after a night out in Dudley, and who then had the misfortune of coming across two evil and dangerous men in the form of Cartwright and Wishart who were both high on drugs and alcohol and it seems were looking for trouble that night.  

"The two men approached Mr Watson on the premise of asking for a cigarette, but instead they launched a ferocious and unprovoked attack on him resulting in Mr Watson receiving serious head injuries from which he would later die from.

"Not content with this heinous crime, the pair then stole Mr Watson's mobile telephone and other personal effects, and as Mr Watson's girlfriend and mother tried to contact him, the pair answered the phone and began to taunt and boast to them as to what they had done to him and where they had left the body. 

"Following a police investigation, Cartwright and Wishart were arrested and charged with murder.

"Like many young people around this country, Mr Watson was out enjoying a Friday night with his friends, unfortunately, this enjoyment would later turn to tragedy with the loss of an innocent man's life. We hope that today's sentence can bring a sense of closure to the family and friends of Mr Watson, and our thoughts are with them today.