Two brothers jailed for life for the joint enterprise murder of a woman
Two brothers have been jailed for life for the joint enterprise murder of a woman in the hallway of a block of flats.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) successfully argued that Nicholas Curtis, 32, and Stuart Curtis, 31, were jointly responsible for the murder of Glenda Jackson, 44, in the early hours of 30 September 2018.
Ms Jackson was found lying dead in a pool of blood in the communal hallway of Grayson Mews in John Street in Birkenhead at around 8am by a neighbour.
The CPS pursued a prosecution against both men, who were neighbours of Ms Jackson, and proved that, although it was Nicholas Curtis who fatally stabbed Ms Jackson, Stuart Curtis kicked her at the same time and was jointly responsible for her death.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the brothers made no effort to save her at all. They took the knife that had been used to kill her and left it in a sink at their flat in Grayson Mews.
Louise Voce, for the CPS, said: “These men acted together to kill Ms Jackson because they were furious that she had damaged their van, parked near the flats, after they had assaulted her a few hours before.
“They attacked her as she came home from a night with friends in Birkenhead town centre. The men had been drinking alcohol and taking cocaine and the assault appeared to have no real motive.
“Ms Jackson called the police for help and officers arrived but she decided not to pursue a complaint against the men at that time.
“She appeared to be set on seeking her own revenge on the men but they used the victim’s own knife to stab her when she smashed their van a couple of hours after the first assault.
“The jury agreed with the CPS that both men played their part in this tragedy. Nicholas stabbed Ms Jackson five times and Stuart rained blows on her at the same time, probably with his feet.”
On 30 April 2019 at Liverpool Crown Court, both men were jailed for life. Nicholas must serve a minimum of 18 years before he can be considered for release and Stuart must serve a minimum of 16 years.
Ms Jackson’s long-term partner Julie Davies told the court in a moving Victim Personal Statement that the brothers had destroyed her life too.
She said: “To know that they left her to die, making no effort to help her, will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
Louise Voce added: “It can be difficult to convince a jury of the concept of joint enterprise murder.
"The Crown Prosecution Service was determined that both of these men should be prosecuted for one of the most serious offences in the Criminal Justice System as they had both played their part in Glenda Jackson’s death.
"The jury have agreed with our case and found both men guilty of murder. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Glenda Jackson at this very difficult time.”
Notes to editors
- Louise Voce is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey-Cheshire.