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Walker killers' 'helpers' jailed
Anthony Walker
Anthony Walker was murdered with an ice axe
Two men have been jailed for helping the racist killers of 18-year-old Anthony Walker try to escape justice.

Paul Morson, 26, of Huyton, Liverpool, and Robert Williams, 32, of Kirkdale, in the city, both admitted assisting Paul Taylor and Michael Barton.

Williams was jailed for two years and four months for booking the pair a hotel room and taking them money when they fled to the Netherlands.

Morson, a car dealer, was jailed for 11 months for supplying the getaway car.

Anthony Walker, 18, died after he was attacked with an ice axe in McGoldrick Park, Huyton in July 2005.

Michael Barton, 17, was jailed for life in December last year with his cousin, Paul Taylor, 20, for the teenager's murder.

You [Williams] knew about the murder yet you went abroad, in the face of the ugliness of the crime and the public outcry... to pass money to the offenders and to obtain refuge for them
Judge Henry Globe
Recorder of Liverpool

At Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, Williams pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by booking the pair's Dutch hotel room and taking them money.

Morson admitted assisting an offender by giving Taylor and Barton a car.

Williams' partner Tracy Garner, 35, of Kirkdale, received an 11-month suspended sentence after admitting assisting an offender.

She helped book the hotel room and flew with Williams to Amsterdam.

The court heard that both Barton and Taylor tried to telephone their friend Morson less than five minutes after murdering Anthony and arranged to get his car to drive to Amsterdam.

The prosecution accepted Morson's claim that he did not know the pair had been involved in a murder, or that they were leaving the country.

Michael Barton (left) and Paul Taylor
Barton and Taylor were jailed for life for murder

He thought they had been in a fight and needed to leave Huyton.

Sentencing him Judge Henry Globe QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said: "You acted to assist friends who you believed had been involved in a fight and that somebody might have been badly injured.

"It was an act of misplaced loyalty but one with the intent of perverting the course of justice."

Williams, a convicted drug dealer from Liverpool, originally told police that Paul Taylor was "a friend of a friend" and that he had only flown to Amsterdam to help the pair after he was persuaded by un-named gangsters.

He said his partner, Tracey Garner, had insisted on accompanying him.

'Liars'

He also said he had no idea the pair were connected to Anthony's murder, but the court did not accept his claims.

Judge Globe said: "The offence you committed was very serious.

"You knew about the murder yet you went abroad, in the face of the ugliness of the crime and the public outcry about what had happened, in order to pass money to the offenders and to obtain refuge for them in a hotel room."

All three defendants expressed regret for their actions via defence barristers.

After Wednesday's sentencing, Anthony's mother Gee Walker said that the three were "liars".

She added: "They said sorry, which is a common word to most people these days, but I think actions speak louder than words.

"We will see if they toe the line."


SEE ALSO:
Two admit helping Walker killers
03 Apr 06 |  Merseyside
Three deny helping Walker killers
24 Feb 06 |  Merseyside


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