Two men have been jailed after a man was struck over the head and murdered in Wigan.
Today (Monday 22 July 2019), at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, David Connor (06/10/1992) of Bickershaw Lane, Wigan has been found guilty of the murder of 21-year-old Billy Livesley from Platt Bridge.
He has been sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years.
Jimmy Price (29/08/1996) of Bickershaw Lane, Wigan has been sentenced to 18 months for perverting the course of justice.
During a three week trial, the court heard how on Friday 28 December 2018, Billy had been in a car park on Bickershaw Lane with his girlfriend and a friend when a white Ford Transit Connect van – driven by Price – pulled up.
A man emerged from the van and approached Billy, who instinctively backed away. After spotting Billy’s attempts to flee, Connor got out of the van and fatally struck him in the head with a crowbar.
Connor was then heard exclaiming ‘I’ve killed him, I’ve killed him’ before he fled with Price and the other man in the van.
Around ten minutes after the attack, Price drove the white van away from the immediate area and abandoned it on Belmont Avenue in an attempt to conceal it from detectives.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene but unfortunately Billy died the following evening from his injuries despite the best efforts of emergency services and specialist doctors.
A Home Office Post Mortem revealed that Billy died from a fatal penetrative head injury.
Detective Inspector Wesley Knights, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “The blow inflicted on Billy on that fateful day last year was nothing short of horrific and had devastating consequences. His loved ones have understandably been left heartbroken and they have shown incredible strength throughout the trial.
“Connor ripped away Billy’s chance to be a doting father to his unborn son and also tore him from his family and friends whom he meant the world to and sadly nothing can bring him back.
“His loved ones have remained at the forefront of our minds throughout our painstaking investigation and I hope that today we have helped to provide them with some closure, knowing that those responsible are now locked behind bars.”