Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Relative of Murderers Jailed for Trying to Intimidate Witness before Trial Started

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Relative of Murderers Jailed for Trying to Intimidate Witness before Trial Started

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A RELATIVE of two cousins serving life for murdering Shane Tunney was jailed yesterday for trying to intimidate a witness.

Dwayne Davis, 20, is the brother of Kearan Terry Davis, who was sentenced to custody for life along with his cousin Kieran Harry Davis earlier this month.

The 18-year-olds were both convicted of the murder of Mr Tunney, 24, who was attacked by a violent mob on Norton High Street on June 27 last year.

Dwayne Davis pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court to a charge of intimidation.

He admitted he made a threat to intimidate a young witness on March 17 this year, less than a month before the murder trial began.

Prosecutor Paul Rooney said two witnesses made statements and were relocated by police away from the Norton area for their own safety.

Dwayne Davis made a threat to a child relative of one of the witnesses.

The child went to a friend's home to find him standing outside, where he said the two protected witnesses were "going to get what's coming to them because they're grasses".

The witness was "terrified" on finding out about the threat, but was undeterred and eventually gave evidence in the murder trial.

Mr Tunney and his friend Anthony Kirk were assaulted after they objected to youths pelting them with rotten food from a Tesco shop roof as they tried to use an ATM.

Mr Tunney suffered a severe head injury with brain damage, swelling and bleeding, and died in hospital just over a month later.

For his murder, Kearan Terry Davis must serve a minimum of 15 years in custody and Kieran Harry Davis a minimum of 13 years before they can be considered for release.

Five other boys - 18-year-olds Jake Douglas, Brandon Pitt and Daniel Hunt, and a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons - were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter. …

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