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News Archive > General > Pair get life for Knight´s murder

Pair get life for Knight´s murder

By Alban Macleod 1st August 2007

Two men who respectively beat and kicked a teenager to death in a Newquay street in broad daylight have been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum term of nine years after being convicted of murder.

Andrew Bray, 27, from St Columb Minor, and Thomas Dickson, 38, from Trevarthian Road, St Austell, killed 19-year-old Joe Knight outside the Barracuda bar in the afternoon of August 22, 2006.

As he delivered his verdict, judge Graham Cotttle said:?“This was another act of senseless violence that has further tarnished the reputation of one of Cornwall’s leading holiday resorts.”

Truro Crown Court heard the pair were, "spoiling for a fight" when they came to the bar, where Bray phoned Knight to confront him over the burglary of Dickson's flat three days earlier.

Bray followed Knight outside, 'flipped' during an argument and let loose a barrage of punches after backing him into an alcove. Much of the fatal attack was caught on CCTV.

Dickson kept Knight's friend inside the bar during Bray's attack. Then he went outside and stamped on the victim’s head as he lay prostrate on the pavement.

Prosecutor Martin Meeke, Q.C, told the jury: "Before Knight arrived, Dickson told the barman that his place had been 'done over' and that he was sorry, but that something was going to 'kick off' outside.”

The court heard when Knight,who lived in St Dennis, came into the bar Andrew Bray rounded on him. Holidaymakers including an elderly couple and one boy of 12 bore witness to the murder.

The court heard Bray's punches knocked the victim unconscious, and that he died later from bleeding of the brain.

Presiding judge Graham Cottle was considering his sentence as the Voice went to press.

By Alban Macleod 1st August 2007

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