Garry Newlove, a married father of 3, lived in Fernhead, a close-knit community in Warrington, UK. The area had increasing problems with drunken teens roaming the streets, an issue that came to a head for Garry Newlove on the evening of August 10th, 2007. After confronting a gang of youths for vandalising his wife’s car, Garry was viciously attacked in front of his home. His 3 daughters witnessed the brutal assault, and tried in vain to ward off their father’s attackers.
After suffering numerous catastrophic head injuries within the space of 2 minutes, Garry fell into a coma, and his wife Helen made the decision to turn off his life support machine a couple of days later. Thanks to a number of eyewitness accounts, Adam Swellings, Steven Sorton, and Jordan Cunliffe (aged just 19, 17 and 16 respectively), were soon identified by police. The day of the attack, Swellings had been released on bail for assaulting another man just weeks previously. Sorton had been identified by police as he was missing one trainer; the other had come off while kicking Garry Newlove in the head. A further 2 assailants were also put before the court, but are unable to be named for legal reasons.
During the trial, the defendants reportedly laughed and joked throughout the Newlove family’s witness testimonies, even dropping off to sleep at points in the proceedings. However, they soon stopped laughing when all 3 named suspects were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.