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Youths jailed over hammer murder

Five youths
The five youths jailed over the murder of Peter Bryan

A teenager who beat a lorry driver to death with a hammer in Northamptonshire after a row over anti-social behaviour has been jailed for life.

Ricky Anderson was told he would serve at least nine years and two months by the judge at Northampton Crown Court.

Anderson, 17, of Higham Ferrers, had admitted murdering Peter Bryan, 65.

Four other youths who admitted involvement in the attack were also jailed and the judge lifted an order protecting the teenagers' identities.

The court heard Mr Bryan followed a gang of youths who had been kicking his garden fence and confronted them in an alleyway 300 yards (275m) from his home in Higham Ferrers.

He was later found slumped against the fence and taken to hospital but died 18 days later in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

'Kind and loving'

Mr Bryan, who was married, was attacked 300 yards from his home late on 27 November last year.

Darren Watts, 18, of High Street, Rushden, Nicholas Riley, 17, of Mildmay Road, Stevenage, and Kyle Clinton, 17, of Short Stocks, Rushden, admitted violent disorder.

I have no doubt Ricky Anderson was intent on confronting Mr Bryan because he had the temerity to challenge his anti-social behaviour
Judge Charles Wide QC

Watts was sentenced to 28 months' detention and Riley and Clinton to 12 months' detention and a training order.

Jamie Anderson, 20, the older brother of Ricky Anderson, also of Russell Way, Higham Ferrers, admitted affray and was sentenced to a total of 18 months.

Judge Charles Wide QC said: "I have no doubt Ricky Anderson was intent on confronting Mr Bryan because he had the temerity to challenge his anti-social behaviour."

In a victim impact statement Mr Bryan's 62-year-old wife said her husband of 30 years was a "good, kind and loving man".

She said he was very protective of his family and that was the reason he died.

The court heard the youths had a catalogue of previous convictions between them, including violent offences and breaches of Asbos.

Judge Wide stressed he was not criticising police or the youth offending team involved with Ricky Anderson, but said lessons could be learned from the way he had been dealt with in the past.

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