Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Man Faces Life for Car Park Murder

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Man Faces Life for Car Park Murder

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A MAN is facing a life sentence after being convicted of murdering 21-year-old Billy Livesley. David Connors, 24, was unanimously found guilty of murder following a three-week Manchester Crown Court trial.

His brother Peter Connors, 32, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

Peter Connors wept as he was discharged from the dock, while his brother remained. David Connors will be sentenced next week. A loud scream could be heard when the verdict was delivered and members of the jury were also visibly emotional.

The jury heard that Mr Livesley was hit on the head with a crowbar by David Connors on a car park off Bickershaw Lane in Abram, Wigan, on December 28, last year. The two brothers had been in a Ford Transit van when prosecutors alleged that Peter Connors spotted Mr Livesley in a 'chance encounter.' .

Peter Connors said it was the man who Mr Livesley was with that he spotted, not Mr Livesley.

The Crown alleged that there was bad blood between Peter Connors and Mr Livesley.

Scott Livesley, Mr Livesley's father, claimed that his son was being 'bullied' by Peter Connors because he refused to deal drugs with him.

The court was told that Mr Livesley dealt cocaine.

But Peter Connors said the issue he had with Mr Livesley was far in the past, and that it wasn't linked to the attack on him.

The prosecution claimed that Peter Connors said 'he's dead, he's dead' towards Mr Livesley, and ordered that the van be turned around and that they head to a car park where he was meeting another man, John 'Leggy' Pownall.

But Peter Connors said that his anger was directed towards Mr Pownall, not Mr Livesley. He denied the comment was made towards Mr Livesley, and his lawyer said it was in any event not 'a serious statement of what was about to happen'.

He told the court that he was angry with Mr Pownall, because he claimed he was owed £12,000 by Mr Pownall for cocaine and ketamine.

Jurors heard Mr Livesley had arranged to meet 'Leggy' there to hand over £80 he owed him.

Asked how he felt when he saw Mr Pownall's car, Peter Connors told the court: "I expected to shout at Leggy and get my money back and that was it. …

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