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Shane Watson murder: Two teenagers jailed for life

Shylon Wishart and James Cartwright
Image caption Wishart (left) and Cartwright boasted about attacking Shane Watson

Two teenagers have been jailed for life for murdering a man in an alleyway.

Shane Watson, 23, died from head injuries after being attacked in Springfield Grove in Sedgley, West Midlands, on 28 July 2012.

Shylon Wishart, 19, was ordered to serve at least 16 years after being found guilty of murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

James Cartwright, 18, from Sandyfields Road in Sedgley, received a minimum term of 13 years after pleading guilty.

The court heard that Wishart, of North Springfield in Sedgley, and Cartwright had been on a night out and had asked Mr Watson for a cigarette.

Took pictures of body

When he told them he did not have one, the two men attacked him.

The killers both took pictures of Mr Watson's beaten up body with their mobile phones and boasted about attacking him to people at a party later that night.

Mr Watson had been out with his girlfriend in a Sedgley nightclub until the early hours but they became separated.

Image caption Shane Watson was described as a "compassionate family man"

He was found later in the alleyway by his girlfriend and his mother.

Cartwright and Wishart were arrested at their homes on the afternoon of 28 July, police said.

Martin Lindop, from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Like many young people around this country, Mr Watson was out enjoying a Friday night with his friends.

"Unfortunately, this enjoyment would later turn to tragedy with the loss of an innocent man's life.

"We hope that today's sentence can bring a sense of closure to the family and friends of Mr Watson, and our thoughts are with them today."

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