Man, 26, murdered by gang of ‘armed schoolchildren’ as he innocently fixes moped

A gang of schoolkids armed with a kitchen knife murdered an innocent man whilst they travelled to a pre-arranged fight.

Three yobs, including one 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds, have been jailed for a combined total of 37 years over the brutal killing of Peter Cairns.

The murder unfolded on Rough Park Way, in Telford, Shropshire on June 11 last year after an altercation whilst Peter, 26, was fixing his moped with a pal.

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Tragic Peter died in hospital after a stab wound to the chest whilst the criminal trio, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fled the scene and abandoned their weapons.

All three were sentenced on Friday (July 15) after one of the 16-year-old defendants pleaded guilty to murder and the other two were found guilty following a nine week trial, reports Birmingham Mail.

Following the sentencing at Stafford Crown Court, Detective Inspector Lee Holehouse, who led the investigation for West Mercia Police, said: "Peter was a good man, who had recently lost his job.

“As a sign of the man that he was, he picked himself up and got straight back out there to find himself work…

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"It was during that time Peter and his friend were confronted by a gang of school-aged children, who were armed and on their way to a fight with another gang from another part of Telford.

"Peter was an innocent man; he had no connections to gang activity whatsoever, and he gave these boys no cause to attack him. For those who revel in the idea of being part of such a gang I would say this – there is no glory in gang activity.

"An innocent man has lost his life and his family now have to face that loss for the rest of their lives.

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“As for the three defendants, they will spend what should be the best years of their lives in prison, and the rest of their lives on licence with the restrictions that will likely come with that.”

The first defendant, aged 16, received an 11-year sentence, and the second defendant, also aged 16, was jailed for 13 years.

Whilst the third defendant, aged 15, received a 13-year sentence for the murder, as well as a two-and-a-half year sentence – to run concurrently – for grievous bodily harm relating to a separate incident in March 2021.

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