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Friday, 9 November, 2001, 18:20 GMT
'Decent man' murdered
Three men were jailed for the killing
The killers inflicted 118 injuries on their victim
A man from the Fylde who murdered a 20-year -old who he mistakenly thought was a paedophile has been jailed for life.

Two other men involved in the killing of Stephen Hunking at his home in Cleveleys, Lancashire, have also been jailed after admitting manslaughter.

Preston Crown Court was told Stephen Hunking suffered 118 injuries in the attack at his home in Cumberland Avenue in January.

The court was told that the man who instigated the attack was 23-year-old Vincent Mulvey from North Drive in Cleveleys.

Sustained attack

Two other men, Michael Cooper from Beach Road, and David Hennessy from Promenade Road, Fleetwood, also took part in what the court was told was "an orgy of violence".

The defendants used furniture and knives in the attack.

Mulvey pleaded guilty to murder, the other two to manslaughter.

Cooper was jailed for life, Hennessey was given seven years detention.

The court heard that Mr Hunking was not a paedophile but an ordinary decent man who would not harm anyone.

The judge said that the three men had been fuelled by drink and drugs.


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