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Man guilty of murdering teenager in Skelmersdale

|News, Violent crime

A Skelmersdale man has been found guilty of murdering a teenage boy in June last year.

Felipe Figueiredo, 28, stabbed 15-year-old Dylan Bragger near a footbridge over Digmoor Road, Skelmersdale at approximately 9pm on 29 June 2023.

After receiving messages that his wife's motorbike, which had been stolen overnight, had been seen with two young males in the area, shortly after 8.30pm Figueiredo set off from his home in Brierfield, Skelmersdale to track down the motorbike and the males.

Half an hour later Figueiredo came across Dylan Bragger and his cousin. Following a short verbal confrontation, he chased them down an embankment where he stabbed Dylan. He then left Dylan lying seriously injured in bushes, chased his cousin away from the scene, disposed of the knife and returned home.

Dylan's cousin called 999 but when paramedics arrived, he had already died as a result of his injuries.

At 9.30pm Figueiredo called police from his home and told them he had been attacked by two males and he had stabbed one of them a few times.

The post-mortem examination revealed that Dylan Bragger had been subjected to a violent knife attack. He had sustained a minimum of 23 knife injuries to the head, neck, chest, back and abdomen which had caused his death, plus further multiple injuries to his abdomen and both arms.

Katie Lord, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: 'In an act of rage Felipe Figueiredo subjected a teenage boy to a sustained knife attack causing catastrophic injuries.

"He claimed he was acting in self-defence, but we worked with the police to build a strong case against him which we presented to the jury. Today they have agreed with the prosecution case and found him unanimously guilty of murdering Dylan Bragger.

"This case serves as a stark reminder to anyone who thinks they can take the law into their own hands and use knives with impunity. One young man has lost his life, and another will lose his liberty.

"Though the success of this prosecution will not bring Dylan back, we would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends and all those who been affected by his death at this difficult time."

Notes to editors

  • Felipe Figueiredo's DOB is 13/03/1995.

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