Denholme family sentenced following murder of Tyron Charles

|News, Violent crime

James Sutcliffe (d.o.b. 2 February 1989) was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court today (27 July)  to 31 years’ imprisonment for the murder of Tyron Charles, with four years’ imprisonment to run concurrently for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. His parents, Janet and Kevin Sutcliffe, received two years’ imprisonment each.

The court heard that the victim, Tyron Charles, had gone with another man to visit James Sutcliffe at Sutcliffe’s smallholding near Denholme, Bradford, to demand repayment of a debt.

Tyron Charles was never seen again, and forensic analysis of a shipping container on the smallholding revealed a pool of blood. DNA from this blood was analysed and found to be from the victim.

Whilst in custody, Sutcliffe then plotted with his parents to move the body from its hiding place and to dispose of it.

Marie Austin-Walsh, from the CPS said: “This was a brutal attack, perpetrated in cold blood. Sutcliffe not only carried out a brutal murder, he also schemed with his parents to conceal and dispose of the body.

“Through the extensive analysis of mobile phone and cell site evidence, as well as recordings of conversations held between the three defendants, the CPS was able to demonstrate that they comprehensively lied both to the police and to the court, in a desperate attempt to evade justice.

“That attempt failed; the jury has today found all three defendants guilty and they have been sentenced to a total of 35 years’ imprisonment for their crimes. I hope this outcome has brought some comfort to Tyron Charles’ family and friends.”

Notes to editors

  • Marie Austin-Walsh is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.

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