Teenager who took photo of a man he had battered convicted of attempted murder
A teenage drug dealer from Manchester who took a photo of a Cheshire man he had battered has been convicted of attempted murder.
The Crown Prosecution Service said that the 17-year-old from Manchester, who can't be named because of his age - inflicted horrific injuries on Jamie Lloyd, who is 39 and from Nantwich, with a hammer at a flat in Arnold Street in Nantwich. The 17-year-old had been dealing Class A drugs from the flat of a 42-year-old drug user.
At 8.20pm on 26th July 2020, the police received an anonymous call to the address, but the attack happened a little under 4 hours earlier, after Jamie Lloyd had bought drugs from the flat.
The police discovered Mr Lloyd in the bedroom. He was unrecognisable, his face was covered in blood and severely swollen. He had horrific injuries to his head and face. He was taken to hospital and, after several operations, he survived but remained in hospital for rehabilitation for a considerable time.
The 42-year-old man who lived in the flat was present when police attended and was arrested and charged with attempted murder but was acquitted today (18 March 2021) by a jury at Chester Crown Court.
The 17-year-old was arrested in Gorton in Manchester on 31 July 2021. At the time of his arrest, he had a meat cleaver tucked into the waistband of his tracksuit bottoms.
He bragged to officers as he was taken to a police station in Middlewich that, “it’s not hard to kill someone”. He also threatened officers with reprisals. When he was questioned formally, he made no comment.
The investigation found that the 17-year-old had taken a picture of Mr Lloyd after the attack and sent it to a few individuals. In a further interview he was shown a copy of the picture by police officers when they were questioning him but he laughed and tore it up.
Senior District Crown Prosecutor, Carolyn Viviani of CPS Mersey Cheshire said: “This attack was quick, brutal and was meant to kill Jamie Lloyd. He is lucky to be alive but sustained life-changing injuries including losing his sight.
“Analysis of the 17-year-old defendant’s mobile telephone revealed chats with others about the attack and also videos showing him in the flat with drugs, scales, a knife, and a hammer.”
“The gruesome picture of Jamie Lloyd was taken by him to boast and perhaps explain to others involved in the illegal supply of drugs what had been done. The fact that this attack was carried out by someone who is still so young is shocking.
“The jury found him guilty, and, for a youth, he is likely to get a substantial sentence.”