facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Cousins get prison for racial killing

Dec. 1, 2005 at 7:58 PM   |   Comments

LIVERPOOL, England, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Two English cousins have been given long prison terms for killing a black teen in a racially motivated killing in a Liverpool-area park.

Paul Taylor, 20 -- who pleaded guilty, admitting that he used a pick ax to strike down Anthony Walker -- must serve at least 23 years and eight months, the BBC reported. Michael Barton, 17, who was convicted at trial, was sentenced to 17 years and eight months.

The judge, Brian Leveson, described Walker as "a young man of enormous promise, lost in a moment."

"This was a racist attack of a type poisonous to any civilized society," Leveson said. "In spite of your youth, deterrent sentences are vital."

During Barton's trial, witnesses testified that he shouted racist abuse at Walker, who was waiting at a bus stop with his girlfriend and a cousin. Leveson said that even though Taylor was the one who carried out the killing, Barton -- the younger brother of Manchester United player Joey Barton -- pursued Walker and gave Taylor the ax.

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
North Korea publicly executes 10 people for watching South Korean soap operas North Korea publicly executes 10 people for watching South Korean soap operas
2
Train hits SUV in southern Illinois, 3 dead Train hits SUV in southern Illinois, 3 dead
3
Ex-Navy SEAL probed over bin Laden revelations Ex-Navy SEAL probed over bin Laden revelations
4
Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts
5
Father upset over Islam history lesson barred from school over threats Father upset over Islam history lesson barred from school over threats
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback