Pair convicted of killing pal facing jail

Murder victim John Dawson.
Murder victim John Dawson.
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TWO men have been convicted of killing a drinking pal by beating him to death at his home in South Yorkshire.

John Dawson, aged 57, was found on the living room floor at his house on Highstone Avenue, Worsbrough Common, Barnsley, having suffered more than 50 injuries.

John was kicked, knifed and stamped on by Adrian Beevers, aged 42, of Mill Court, Worsbrough, and Gary Evans, aged 43, of Cope Street, also Worsbrough, in a joint attack.

The jury of seven women and five men convicted Beevers of murder and Evans of manslaughter by unanimous verdict after just over seven hours of deliberations.

Both men denied the charges against them. Each blamed the other for the killing.

Richard Mansell QC, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court the pair committed a ‘prolonged and brutal attack,’, but he said that the reason for the violence was unknown.

“He sustained repeated forceful blows to his head and body - probably a combination of punches and kicks and stamping,” he said.

A post-mortem examination also found a knife wound on John’s head.

Following the verdicts, Judge Roger Keen QC said he wanted ‘time to reflect’ on the appropriate jail terms for both men, and adjourned sentencing until today.