Gang of four including teenagers aged 17 and 14 are locked up for 36 years after beating father-of-two to death while stealing his £11,000 gold Rolex watch
- Steven McMyler, 34, was killed outside Wigan Parish Church in August last year
- Lewis Peake 29, Michael Wilson, 20, and two youths convicted of manslaughter
- All four also found guilty of conspiracy to rob before being sentenced today
- Peake jailed for 13 years, Wilson for a nine and teens for six years and eight years
- A fifth defendant will go on trial later this year over Mr McMyler’s death
Steven McMyler, 34, was killed as thugs stole his £11,000 gold Rolex watch
Two men and two teenagers have been locked up for 36 years after kicking a father-of-two to death as they stole his £11,000 gold Rolex watch.
Steven McMyler, 34, was attacked within the gardens of Wigan Parish Church in the early evening of August 6 last year.
Last month Lewis Peake 29, Michael Wilson, 20, and two youths from Liverpool, aged 14 and 17, were convicted at Manchester Crown Court of manslaughter after a jury found they deliberately helped or encouraged the attack.
All four were also found guilty of conspiracy to rob before being sentenced earlier today.
Peake, of Bolton, was jailed for 13 years; Wilson, of Kirkby, received a nine-year sentence, and the teenagers, who both cannot be identified for legal reasons, will be detained for six years and eight years.
A fifth defendant will go on trial later this year over Mr McMyler’s death.
On the day of his death Mr McMyler, who worked as a joiner, had been in a nearby town centre pub when Peake, 29, learned he was wearing the 18-carat Submariner watch.
Peake first tried to persuade two boys, aged 12 and 13, outside The Raven pub to help him rob Mr McMyler and offered them £100 each, a court heard.
His offer was rejected but he persisted with his ‘cowardly’ plan because, by chance, the group from Liverpool entered the churchyard after arriving by train from the city, the court was told.
Lewis Peake 29, (left) was jailed for 13 years and Michael Wilson, 20, (right) received a nine-year sentence
Mr McMyler was attacked within the gardens of Wigan Parish Church (pictured) in the early evening of August 6 last year
The Crown said the defendants were ‘opportunistic predators’ who saw an opportunity to take advantage of Mr McMyler who was alone and had been drinking.
The trial heard Mr McMyler had opted for a ‘clean break’ by travelling to Thailand but decided against it when he realised he needed to self-isolate for a fortnight because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He returned from London to his home on the afternoon of August 6 and still had his suitcase with him.
The court heard Peake later shamelessly returned to the attack scene and casually made off with Mr McMyler’s phone and suitcase as he lay dying.
The watch has never been recovered.
Sentencing, Mr Justice Turner told the defendants: ‘The jury were sure the CCTV depicted you Peake taking the Liverpool group to one side and shortly after Mr McMyler was attacked with all of you in close and intimidatory proximity.
‘After the attack the members of the Liverpool group all ran off and made their escape in what am I sure was a state of exhilaration, the description given by witnesses.
‘I have heard about the impact which Mr McMyler’s death has had upon his mother, his two young daughters and their mothers.
‘His loss has had a deep impact and no sentence of this court will come close to atoning for his death.’
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