FIVE teenagers who beat a dad to death in front of his girlfriend after joking he looked like Ant or Dec have been jailed.

Danny Humble, 35, was heading home with his partner Adele Stubbs after a night out on May 28 last year when the gang attacked him.



He was horrifically punched to the ground, kicked, and stamped on by the yobs near an underpass in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Critical care nurse Adele "desperately but fruitlessly" tried to save Danny as he lay unconscious in a pool of blood.

But the father-of-two had suffered a "catastrophic" head injury and sadly passed away after the violent 15-second beating.

Alistair Dickson, 18, of Hawkins Way, Blyth, Northumberland, was convicted of murder after jurors at Newcastle Crown Court were told he stamped on Danny's head.

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Four others -Ethan Scott, 18, Bailey Wilson, 19, and Owen Soones, 18, all from Blyth, and Kyros Robinson, 18 – were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

A trial at Newcastle Crown Court heard how the youths had surrounded Danny and told him he looked like either Ant or Dec.

The dad replied, "Aye good one, lads" before one joked: "Can I have your autograph? You're my inspiration."

Soomes had compared him to the pair of presenters before something caused the 35-year-old to hit the youngster on the head.

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However, Judge Joel Bennathan, KC, said the gang's actions could never be justified.

Jurors were told how the teens then launched their fatal attack, with one witness describing how they " didn't miss a part of his body."

The judge said: "Friday May 28 should have been a happy night out as you and many others marked the end of lockdown by meeting with friends, socialising and going out for a drink.

"Yet what should have been a peaceful night out turned to tragedy when you five killed Danny Humble."

Danny's mother Deborah previously told how her son's death had destroyed their family, saying her life had "turned black".

In an emotive victim impact statement, grief-stricken Adele explained she has had to give up the job she loved due to the trauma she experienced seeing the attack.

Danny's dad Vaughan paid tribute to the late 35-year-old, recalling how he doted on his two children – a boy, eight, and girl, six.

'TRAGIC'

He told the court: "The catastrophic impact caused by the loss of their daddy will stay with them and have a real bearing for evermore."

The father said his son was "caring, loving and compassionate and this was reciprocated by almost everybody he came into contact with".

Nigel Edwards, defending Dickson, said there was no intention to kill and that he was a young man who still has hopes and aspirations.

Peter Makepeace, for Soones, said the teenager had "genuine insight" into the loss caused to the Humble family.

Sharon Beattie, for Scott, said he must live with the consequences of his actions and was working hard in prison.

Penny Hall, for Robinson, said her client lacked maturity and was 17 at the time of the offence.

Jonathan Pigford, for Wilson, said his client was "extremely distressed" when he talked about this "terrible, tragic event".

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Ex-soldier Dickinson was jailed for a minimum of 12 years and sentenced to detention at His Majesty's pleasure – the equivalent of a life sentence for someone his age.

His four pals were put behind bars in a young offenders' institution for six years and six months after being cleared of murder.




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