Leicester, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via JEN MILLS and Metro
A Leicester man with learning difficulties was lured to his death by two so-called friends who savagely beat him for kicks, U.K. newspaper Metro reports today.
Brendan Mason was taken along to Abbey Park by two men, Joshua Hack (aged 21) and Keith Lowe (aged 22) on the pretext of spending some time together, on July 5th last year. Once they arrived at the park, they began attacking him, hanging him from a tree and then took turns striking him, while the other held Matthews still. They also laughed at and taunted the victim, as well as filming the incident, telling Mason to ‘smile for the camera’.
The victim then fell unconscious. Hack and Lowe proceeded to strip Mason of his clothes, removed him from the tree and then dumped him in the park’s lake. The park’s grounds workers found him at 7.40 am, bleeding and naked. He was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, but died from the injuries. Medics there said Mason had a catalogue of 99 injuries on his head and body, including brain damage, five broken ribs and a punctured lung.
Joshua Hack, from Beaumont Leys, Leicester, admitted murder, but his accomplice, who hails from Crown Hills district of the same city, refused to plead guilty and was put on trial last week. Four days into the trial, Keith Lowe changed his plea after police offered up damning new evidence in the form of a video shot on the defendant’s iPhone.
“Officers were able to see the video on the Cloud, showing an unfortunate scene,” prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said.
‘It shows Brendan’s battered and naked body with Lowe landing blows.’
She added: “It was being made for a third party to show them what happened to Brendan.”
Messages from the murderers’ Facebook show at 2.46am Hack said to Lowe: “Just do it dude.”
Lowe replied: “Shall we do it because he’s f** me off with the lies.”
Moore further explained to the court: “They were using their phones to communicate because Brendan doesn’t know what’s about to happen to him.”
Brendan Mason’s death was attributed to ‘unsurvivable’ brain damage, Metro stated.
After the court case, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Mick Graham said: “Brendan was known to the defendants and considered them as friends, and they lured him to the park with the full intention of hurting him.”
The Mason family released a statement, saying “It is not right how two evil people can do such a horrific thing and leave a massive hole in our lives that will never be filled again.
‘Brendan was a lovely young man and he was so happy. He had numerous learning difficulties and very poor vision.
‘Even though Brendan had numerous learning difficulties and was very easily led by others, he always knew right from wrong.
‘The police have been a big part of our life for the past seven months; they have been amazing, but there will never be closure for us”
The two defendants will be sentenced tomorrow at Leicester Crown Court.
Metro, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/
“Friends hung man with learning difficulties from tree and beat him to death” – Jen Mills, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (19 February 2017) http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/19/friends-hung-man-with-learning-difficulties-from-tree-and-beat-him-to-death-6457997/?ito=facebook
“Police Line Do Not Cross” – Pexels (26 July 2016) https://www.pexels.com/photo/police-line-do-not-cross-132752/
Vijay Shah (writer)
Khushbu Rajak (contributor)
Today in India and the United States (among other places) is Friendship Day, a special occasion whereby friends celebrate the unique bond of companionship and togetherness. Also known as International Friendship Day, it has been celebrated in several South American countries for many years, before jumping borders and becoming a global celebration. It is believed to have first been celebrated in 1919 and nearly a century later, on this day, special cards, wristbands (friendship bands), flowers and small gifts/tokens of appreciation are exchanged between besties and buddies.
The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish our bloggers community, and all our friends and supporters a very special and joyous Friendship Day.
Here is a message of the rules of friendship, courtesy of contributor and very good friend Khushbu :–
RULES OF FRIENDSHIP
for a Hug
Just Take it
“Do you miss me?”
Say “I miss you!”
“Can you help me?”
Say “Do this for me”
I Can’t Live without you
Say I live for you
LAST but NOT Least….
Thank you, Sorry or Please
Instead just Say “Anytime for You”
DEDICATED To All My Lovely Friends
HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY 🙂 🙂 🙂
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By Vijay Shah
On our article dated May 2, 2013, I reported on the Half-Eaten Mind receiving the tasty Super Sweet Award from Pallak Sharma of the “The Be-All and End-All” blog. The blog has received additional approvals for the award by three bloggers who have lent an amazing amount of support to the blog as well being very good friends and comrades to me as I find my feet in the blogosphere.
Firstly, Ajaytao2010 of Mumbai offered the first return nomination of this gorgeous, lip-smacking blogger’s award. He writes:
Thank you so much for the Super Sweet Blogging Award my dear friends
Three dear friends have nominated me for this award
Each of these blogger is Illuminating in his own way and is very sweet.
Secondly, Davinder of San Diego, USA – owner of the Luchanik Travel blog on holidays, family, foods and cruises in the tropical sun – nominated me as well. She writes:
I have been nominated by Vijay Shah for a really sweet award – for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Vijay is the writer of the blog – Half-Eaten Mind, and I really appreciate his sweetness in nominating me for my first ever award. I also nominate him for the award too, and he is my first nominee. Vijay, thank you so much for your nomination.
Lastly, but certainly not least, Kavita from Australia, a master photographer, frequent traveller to Asia and the Pacific and blogger of Talking Experiences, has also offered a sweet little nomination for Super Sweet. Here is what she had to say:
A very sweet gesture from my sweet blogger friend Vijay (https://halfeatenmind.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/super-sweet-award/) just after I posted another award from Jill. Vijay presents me with ‘Super Sweet Award’. He studied journalism & media from UK and is a very talented blogger. Thanks a lot to Vijay to nominate me with this awesome award.
I would like to humbly extend the warmest of heartfelt thanks and love to all the above for their nominations. I really enjoy reading what you have to offer and I have an immense amount of respect for all of you. It is people like you that make blogging a sweet, delectable and fun experience and help make me feel proud while owing a lot to the loyal community that I have built up over the last year of operations.
Always keep blogging, keep sharing your tales, experiences and viewpoints, and especially, keep having fun. Each and every one of you makes the Internet a more interesting and human place.
All the best,