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Man convicted of pool cue murder

Daniel Breaks
After being convicted, Breaks threatened to kill the judge

A man has been convicted of beating his sister's boyfriend to death with a pool cue before wrapping his body in black bags and dumping him in an alleyway.

Daniel Breaks, 48, killed Simon Sutton as he suspected he had informed police about an alleged attempt to blackmail a bank, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

After the verdict, Breaks accused the judge of suppressing evidence and said he would escape from jail and kill him.

Breaks, of Hallville Road, Allerton, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

The jury heard that when his mother and sister called round he showed them the body, saying that this is what happened to grasses, and threatened to shoot his mother and sister if word got out.

Breaks dumped Mr Sutton's body in an alleyway before driving to County Durham where he kidnapped an elderly couple at knifepoint and forced them to drive him to London.


Breaks denied murder, kidnap and conspiracy to blackmail. The jury cleared Breaks of the conspiracy charge but found him guilty of murder and kidnap.

After the verdict was read out, the defendant laughed and shouted: "Can I have a second opinion your honour?"

Mr Justice Openshaw said no.

Then when he told him he would be sentenced on Tuesday, Breaks shouted: "You suppressed the truth in this trial.

"I will escape prison and I will kill you."

As members of the jury gasped in shock, Mr Justice Openshaw said to them: "I very much doubt he'll have the chance."

Outside court Mr Sutton's family branded Breaks a "monster".

The victim's brother, Mark, 39, said: "The jury have seen through his lies and now everybody can see Breaks for what he is, a monster who took my brother's life and tried to destroy my family."

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