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Zac Evans' machete murder: Ewen Reynolds jailed for life

Composite image of Zac Evans and Ewen Reynolds Image copyright PA/Gloucestershire Police
Image caption Ewen Reynolds (right) murdered Zac Evans (left) last January

A man who murdered a 19-year-old in a "swift and savage" machete attack outside a pub has been jailed for a minimum of 28 years.

Ewen Reynolds, 45, killed Zac Evans in the car park of the Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley, Gloucester in January 2015.

Bristol Crown Court heard the machete blow "almost severed" Mr Evans' head.

Reynolds, of Foley Close in Tuffley, was also convicted of attempting to murder Keaton Jones, 23, who suffered head and neck injuries.

On passing sentence the judge, Mr Justice Warby, said: "You struck [Mr Evans] with a vicious and fatal blow with your machete which almost severed his head.

"Zac Evans was 19 years of age. You left him dying in a pool of his own blood."

Image caption Sylvia Evans said her son's death feels like "someone has ripped out (my) heart"

Speaking before Reynolds was sentenced, Mr Evans' mother Sylvia said his death feels like "someone has ripped out [my] heart".

Paying tribute to her son, she described "a lively young man" who "always wanted to get the best out of everybody".

Image caption Zac Evans died outside The Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley, Gloucester, in January 2015

The attack took place after a disagreement between Reynold's wife Nicola and Abbie Wood - girlfriend of Mr Evans' friend Keaton Jones.

Reynolds fetched the machete from his van when the dispute escalated outside the pub.

CCTV footage showed him swinging the machete at Mr Jones and Mr Evans.

'Act as deterrent'

Mr Evans died almost immediately due to the force with which he was hit on his neck.

Mr Jones, was cut on his shoulder, neck and head. Reynolds was ordered to serve a concurrent 16-year sentence for his attempted murder.

Det Ch Insp Steve Porter, from Gloucestershire Police, said: "This shocking incident is a reminder of the fateful consequences of people carrying or using weapons.

"I hope if nothing else Zac's tragic death and the sentence of life imprisonment given to Ewen Reynolds today can act as a deterrent to ensure such an incident never happens again."

Reynolds was found guilty at an earlier hearing.

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