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.