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Harry Baker Murder Trial: Seven jailed

 

Seven people convicted over their involvement in the fatal stabbing of a teenager at an industrial container port in Barry in 2019, have today been sentenced to a total of 119 years in prison.

Earlier this month, on March 15, a jury found Peter McCarthy, Leon Clifford, Leon Symons and a 17-year-old – who can now be identified as Brandon Liversidge after the judge lifted reporting restrictions protecting his anonymity – guilty of murdering 17-year-old Harry Baker following a dispute over drugs.

Lewis Evans, Ryan Palmer and Raymond Thompson were all convicted of manslaughter.

Sentencing at Newport Crown Court today (Monday, March 29), Judge Justice Picken said: “[Harry Baker] did not deserve to die and his death is as tragic and unnecessary as that of anybody who is murdered, and I make that abundantly clear.”

Video: This is the moment Leon Symond is arrested for the murder of Harry Baker. Credit: South Wales Police

Credit: South Wales Police

Five men from Barry, one from Cardiff and a 17-year-old from Cardiff were convicted today following a trial at Newport Crown Court.

The seven men received a total of nearly 120 years in jail, sentenced by judge Mr Justice Picken, with the following prison terms:

  • Leon Clifford, 23, found guilty of murder, jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 27 years
  • Leon Symons, 22, found guilty of murder, jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 28 years
  • Brandon Liversidge, 17, found guilty of murder, jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 20 years
  • Peter McCarthy, 38, found guilty of murder, jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 23 years
  • Raymond Thompson, 48, found guilty of manslaughter, jailed for six years
  • Ryan Palmer, 34, found guilty of manslaughter, jailed for 11 years
  • Lewis Evans, 62, found guilty of manslaughter, jailed for four years

n his sentencing remarks, the judge said: “It falls to me now to sentence you leading on from the jury’s unanimous verdicts following the conclusion of a 10 week trial.

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“Leon Clifford, Leon Symons, Peter McCarthy and Brandon Liversidge, you have each been convicted of murder. Ryan Palmer, Lewis Evans and Raymond Thompson, you have each been found guilty of manslaughter.

“You have each been found responsible to different degrees for the death of Harry Baker, a 17-year-old who leaves behind a family whose upset and grief at his death is understandable as powerful. His mother and father have explained how they feel in moving victim personal statements.

“They have shown great courage and dignity. It is clear family members’ lives have changed forever. Throughout the trial Harry Baker’s parents have attended. It must have been immensely distressing for them, made worse by having to attend two trials due to the first trial being discontinued due to Covid-19.

“Emma Baker frankly acknowledges Harry got sucked into a drug dealing lifestyle. That is why Harry was in Barry. He was a drug dealer along with his friend Louis Johnson to supply drugs to the apparent many drug users in Barry.

“This does not remotely justify what happened to him that night and as a drug dealer he was carrying a knife.

“He did not deserve to die and his death is as tragic and unnecessary as that of anyone who is murdered.”

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