Monday 22 January 2018

Two Irishmen admit to killing tattoo artist over feud

Jeff Henry
Jeff Henry
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Two Irishmen have admitted beating a tattoo artist and father-of-six to death.

Irishmen Martin Saunders (35) and Liam Kenny (36) denied murder but admitted to manslaughter on the first day of their trial in Cambridge yesterday.

The father-of-six Jeff Henry was rushed to hospital last June in Cambridge after he was discovered on the street with life-threatening head injuries.

Henry was put on life support but passed away five days later.

The two men also admitted to the charges of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and GBH with intent relating to a previous attack on Mr Henry.

They pair further admitted burning the clothing they were wearing on the day of the deathly assault.

Saunders and Kenny fled to Ireland after the killing but were arrested days later when they returned to England.

A third man, Ben Maguire (29) admitted assisting the first assault of Mr Henry and for helping the offenders of burning their bloody clothing.

Detective Inspector Alan Page said: “This was a very difficult case because there were no witnesses and initially there was no forensic evidence- a lot of this case came down to mobile phone work.”

Saunders, of Beaton Crescent, Huntingdon, England; Kenny of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England and Maguire of Minerva Way, Cambridge, Englan were all remanded in custody until sentencing on July 6.

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