Third man sentenced in connection with the death of Sam Cook
A twenty-year-old man has been sentenced for affray as part of an attack that led to the murder of a man who was out celebrating his 21st birthday in Liverpool.
Sam Cook was fatally stabbed by Carl Madigan at the Empire nightclub in Liverpool’s Hanover Street on 21 October 2017. In June 2018, Madigan, 23, of Adam Close in Garston was jailed for 28 years for his murder.
At Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (8 January 2019) Jack Farley, 20, of Halkyn Drive in Everton pleaded guilty to throwing a punch at Mr Cook after he had been stabbed. Today he was given a three-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.
In June 2018, Louis Langfield, 21, of Skipton Road in Anfield, was given a suspended six-month jail term after he pleaded guilty to also punching Mr Cook as part of the attack.
Farley was arrested in February 2018, after CCTV from the nightclub, showed his part in the assault on Mr Cook.
Sam Cook had been celebrating his 21st on the night he was killed and had earlier shared a meal with his family in the Alma De Cuba restaurant in nearby Seel Street.
Nicky Inskip, Senior Crown Prosecutor at Mersey Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: “This sentence brings to a conclusion the prosecution of the three men involved in the incident that led to the murder of Sam Cook.
“Mr Cook was fatally stabbed by Carl Madigan on that dreadful night but Langfield and Farley played their part in bringing what should have been a night of celebration to a night of tragedy.
“This is the last part of a sad series of events. The Crown Prosecution Service would like to again extend condolences to Sam Cook’s family and also highlight this case as a warning to anybody who thinks it’s acceptable to assault other people and, particularly, to take a knife with them on a night out.”