Brothers Connor and Brandon Doran along with a fourteen year old friend Simon Evans would beat a homeless man to death in Liverpool England. According to court documents these teen killers were walking around Liverpool late at night when they came across the victim sleeping in the streets. The three teenagers would proceed to beat the victim who would die in hospital six days later from his injuries.
Connor and Brandon Doran, whose older brother is serving a life sentence for murder, mother would provide a false alibi for her sons however in the end they would be arrested, charged and convicted of the murder. Connor Doran must serve at least 12 years, Brandon Doran must serve at least six years and Simon Evans must serve at least eight years.
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Three teenagers who murdered a homeless man in Liverpool for a dare have been given custodial sentences.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Kevin Bennett, 53, was attacked as he slept outside a supermarket on 17 August.
He suffered a fractured eye socket, a collapsed lung and a broken ribcage and died in hospital six days later.
Brothers Connor and Brandon Doran, aged 17 and 14, and Simon Evans, 14, were told they would be detained until the home secretary approved their release.
Passing sentence, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said: “I think it is a desperately sad reflection on this society that each of you was party to serious violence purely for the sake of it.”
Connor Doran, labelled the “leader of the pack” by the judge, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years.
Evans was ordered to serve at least eight years and Brandon Doran received six years for acting as lookout during the attack.
The three boys, who all denied murder, were found guilty in February following a four-week trial.
The Doran brothers’ mother, Linda Doran, 42, was jailed for 30 months after being convicted by the jury of perverting the course of justice by providing false alibis for her sons.
Her eldest son, Ryan, 23, was convicted of murder and jailed for life in October after he attacked a stranger with a bottle in a chip shop.
Another of her sons, Jordan, 21, was jailed for six months in February for contempt of court after using a mobile phone to capture images of the courtroom during the trial of his brothers and mother.
The judge described Linda Doran as a “pathetic and tragic character”.
He said: “You have another son who is serving life for murder. There are not many parents who have that sort of personal agony to bear.
“But then again, not that many mothers would have shown themselves to be either so unwilling or unable to shoulder the responsibility of motherhood as you have.”
The court had heard Mr Bennett had been in a pub from 11:00 BST on 16 August and had consumed up to 12 cans of lager.
He left at about midnight with a bag containing cans of beer and slept rough behind an Iceland store on County Road, Walton. He was attacked at about 05:30 BST the following morning.
The jury was told Connor Doran had goaded Evans by saying: “I bet you haven’t got it in you to do him in.”
Evans later told his friend: “I started kicking him, I booted him and now he’s dead.”
Brandon Doran stood lookout as the attack took place, the prosecution said.
Mr Bennett was described as “vulnerable” and a “heavy drinker” by the prosecution.
He died in hospital from blood poisoning after an infection set in, causing organ failure.
Det Insp Cheryl Rhodes, who led the investigation, said: “The defendants went out looking for trouble that night and CCTV shows them roaming the empty streets in the early hours of the morning.
“The suffering Kevin endured before his death and the pain and heartbreak inflicted on his family can never be taken back, but I hope that the conviction and sentencing of these young men brings them a sense of closure and justice.”
Speaking outside court, Mr Bennett’s cousin Angela Connerty, 49, said: “Justice has been done and that’s all we wanted as a family.
“We keep asking, why did they pick on him? We will never, ever know why they did that to him.”
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The “exceptional and unforeseen” behaviour of a teenage killer has led a judge to reduce his minimum jail term.
Simon Evans was ordered to serve a minimum of eight years after being convicted of murdering Kevin Bennett in Liverpool with two others in 2013.
London’s High Court heard Evans, who was 14 at the time, had since become a “role model” for other prisoners.
Judge Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said as a result, he could now apply for parole in February 2020.
Evans and brothers Connor and Brandon Doran, aged 17 and 14, attacked 53-year-old Keith Bennett as he slept outside a supermarket on 17 August 2012. He died in hospital six days later.
The High Court heard the now 19-year-old Evans, who also tried to get his minimum tariff reduced in 2017, had admitted delivering the first kick, but was not “the principal protagonist”.
The judge was told that he had acted as a mentor to other prisoners, as a listener for the Samaritans and been the standard bearer for a prison Remembrance Day service in 2015.
Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said a psychiatrist had reported Evans was “gutted” about what he did and was described as “a polite and gentle boy who follows the rules” with “exemplary” behaviour.
A charity he worked with described him as having “masses of compassion”, she said, adding that he wanted “to look ahead in his life, complete his education and become a sports teacher”.
As a result, she said the “time has come” to mark Evans’ “positive approach” and “willingness to take every possible step he can to achieve his long-term life goals without repeating the errors of his youth”.
Connor Doran, labelled the “leader of the pack” by the judge, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years and Brandon Doran received six years for acting as lookout during the attack.
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