Cables Retail Park murder: Two men jailed for life

Childs and Price
Image caption Gerard Childs and Stephen Price were both found guilty of murder after a trial

Two men have been jailed for life for a murder at a Merseyside shopping park.

Jonathan Fitchett, 22, from Prescot, died after suffering serious head injuries at Cables Retail Park in the town in July.

Gerard Childs, 28, of King Edward Road, Rainhill, and Stephen Price, 28, of Hayes Avenue, Prescot, had denied his murder at Liverpool Crown Court.

They were found guilty after a trial. Price was told to serve a minimum of 11 years. Childs was set a minimum of 10.

Gary Simpson, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Jonathan Fitchett was subjected to a deadly and sustained attack by Childs and Price in a busy shopping centre on a sunny summer's day.

"The prosecution successfully disproved their claims that they were acting in self-defence.

"Several witnesses confirmed that they had seen Childs and Price punching and kicking Jonathan who was unable to defend himself."

Det Ch Insp Steve Cox said: "The sentencing of Childs and Price today should bring home to them the enormity of what they have done and the pain and heartache they have caused Jonathan's family and friends and our thoughts are with them today."

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