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David Connors guilty of murder of Billy Livesley

|News, Violent crime

David Connors, 24, has been found guilty of the murder of 21-year-old Billy Livesley at a car park in Abram, Wigan in December.

His brother, Peter Connor, 32, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

David Connors and Peter Connor were in a transit van that drove into the car park on Bickershaw Lane. Peter Connor got out of the van first and went towards Billy Livesley. As Billy tried to run away David Connors got out of the van and struck Billy Livesley on the head with a metal bar, inflicting a catastrophic brain injury. He died in hospital the following day. Billy's friend and his girlfriend, who were sitting in a car waiting for him, witnessed the attack.

David Connors previously admitted killing Billy Livesley but claimed he was acting in self-defence. The driver of the van, Jimmy Price, has earlier pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice for helping to dump the van in order to hide it from police.

Gary Logan from the CPS said: "This was a violent assault on Billy Livesley without any warning and without any justification. The speed of the attack left him no chance to get away or defend himself. David Connors' claim that he was acting in self-defence was not accepted by the jury and the prosecution team proved that the attack on Billy was murder and not manslaughter.

"Billy Livesley's murder has devastated his family, friends and the local community. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this difficult time."

David Connors will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 22 July.

Notes to editors

  • Gary Logan is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West.

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