Wednesday 13 November 2019

'Savage' pub murderer who fled UK to evade justice jailed for life

 

Shane O'Brien
Shane O'Brien

Emily Pennink

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives who evaded justice for three-and-a-half years has been jailed for life for a "grotesque" and "totally unnecessary" murder.

Shane O'Brien (31) slashed the neck of Josh Hanson (21) in an act of "pitiless savagery" at a west London bar in 2015 before fleeing the UK in a private plane.

The father-of-two used false travel documents to evade police until he was arrested in Romania and brought back to Britain in April.

He was found guilty of Mr Hanson's murder after an Old Bailey jury deliberated for 55 minutes.

Mr Hanson's mother Tracey described her son as "considerate, kind and generous" .

Judge Nigel Lickley QC jailed O'Brien for life with a minimum term of 26 years.

The judge said: "This was a grotesque, violent and totally unnecessary attack."

Irish Independent

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