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Morgan Hehir killing: Three jailed for Nuneaton attack

(From left) Declan Gray, Karlton Gray and Simon Rowbotham Image copyright Warwickshire Police
Image caption (From left) Declan Gray, Karlton Gray and Simon Rowbotham received reduced jail terms after admitting killing Morgan Hehir

Three men have been jailed for killing a 20-year-old in a "ferocious" and "unprovoked" attack.

Morgan Hehir, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was stabbed with a steak knife in the street on 31 October.

Declan Gray, 21, was given a life term after pleading guilty to murder at Warwick Crown Court.

His brother Karlton Gray, 19, received seven years six months, while Simon Rowbotham, 40, was jailed for and nine years. Both admitted manslaughter.

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Image caption Morgan Hehir was stabbed in a Nuneaton street

Declan Gray was told he must serve at least 25 years in jail.

Judge Griffith Jones said it was a "ferocious and concerted cowardly attack" on Mr Hehir, adding that "using a steak knife was particularly ruthless and vicious".

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Image caption The stabbing happened at Pool Bank Recreational Park in Nuneaton

The defendants, from Nuneaton, were among a group walking along Pool Bank Street in Nuneaton when they shouted abuse at Mr Hehir before an altercation broke out, Warwickshire Police said.

Mr Hehir died in hospital, police said.

A man who stole his wallet and mobile phone as he lay dying in the street was given 12-week suspended prison sentence in April.

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