CPS statement on the sentencing of Anthony Bennison and Nicholas Papworth
Yesterday Antony Bennison, 25, and Nicholas Papworth, 33, were jailed for life for the murder of Patrick Howard and Adam Fanelli, and the attempted murder of a third victim.
Anthony Bennison received life imprisonment with a minimum term of 38 years, with Nicholas Papworth receiving life imprisonment with a minimum term of 34 years.
Robbie Weber, a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS said: “No words can describe the sheer level of violence Anthony Bennison and Nicholas Papworth inflicted on their victims.
“Their senseless actions have left two men, Patrick Howard and Adam Fanelli dead, and a third man with very serious injuries.
“The actions of Bennison and Papworth have left the families and friends of the victims devastated, and a community at a loss as to how something like this could have happened.
“Neither Bennison nor Papworth took any responsibility for their actions, placing blame on others and attempting to cover up their crimes. Thanks to the hard work of the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Police Major Crime Unit in their painstaking investigation, and the prosecution team in building the strongest possible case, a jury found both men guilty and see the court sentence them today.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Patrick Howard and Adam Fanelli who feel the loss of their loved ones so keenly. I hope the convictions and today’s sentences will bring some solace to them.”
Notes to editors
- Anthony Bennison was convicted of 2x counts of murder, 2x counts of attempted murder, and 3x counts of attempted Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with intent
- Nicholas Papworth was convicted of 1x count of murder in relation to Mr Howard, 2x counts of attempted murder, and 2x counts of attempted Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).
- Robbie Weber is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames & Chiltern