Two found guilty of Huddersfield man's murder

08/02/2011

Two men have been found guilty of murdering Huddersfield man, John Collins, CPS West Yorkshire announced today.

Adrienne Gower, Area Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Yorkshire said:

"This was a brutal and utterly unprovoked attack on a defenceless man early on a summers evening.  The two defendants, Burton and Stephen, unleashed a ferocious attack on Mr John Collins, stamping and kicking him in the head and groin, then callously left him dying in the road. Despite the prompt action of neighbours, Mr Collins died in hospital on 29 July 2010.

"This verdict sends out a clear message that brutality and violence will not be tolerated on our streets. We will continue to work tirelessly with our colleagues at West Yorkshire Police to bring defendants to justice and make our communities safer.

"Our thoughts throughout have been with Mr Collins'  family and friends. Although nothing will ever begin to compensate them for their terrible loss, we hope that today's verdict will bring them some form of comfort."

Both defendants were sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years, less time in custody.