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Bradley Davies guilty of murdering Shrewsbury busker Ben Bebbington

Guy Benson Bebbington
Ben Bebbington died in hospital after suffering head injuries in the attack

A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a busker who was found injured on a canal towpath.

Bradley Davies, 18, of Westering, in Ditherington, Shrewsbury, admitted being involved in the attack on Ben Bebbington but had blamed his co-accused Stewart Doran.

Mr Bebbington was found on a towpath in Ditherington last September and died in hospital, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Davies and Doran, who admitted the murder, will be sentenced on Friday.

Doran, of Bainbridge Green, Harlescott, pleaded guilty in December.

'Felt very lonely'

During the trial jurors heard Davies had kicked Mr Bebbington in the head but he claimed Doran had forced him to do it.

The court heard Mr Bebbington had been found with 36 bruises and cuts.

A Home Office pathologist said he died from acute bleeding on the brain caused by a number of kicks to his head and face.

At the time of his death, Mr Bebbington's family described him as a "kind and generous free spirit" who enjoyed roaming the countryside writing poetry and music.

His mother, Tricia Nicholson, said he enjoyed busking in Shrewsbury.

"He told me he always felt very lonely and busking was his way of helping him feel less so," she said.

Speaking after the verdict she said the decision represented "justice for Ben which I've wanted every day I've been here".

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