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Bail rejected for Jordan murder accused

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One of three young men accused of murdering a Carlisle schoolboy has had an application for bail rejected.

Brahnn Finley, 19, was remanded in custody having been jointly charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jordan Watson. Jordan's body was found in a Carlisle cemetery by a member of the public in June.

Finley is charged with murder along with Daniel Johnston, 19, and George Thomson, 18. They are also currently in custody.

The three men, who all have Carlisle addresses, are due to appear at the city's crown court early next month.

Ahead of that hearing, Finley applied to be released on bail. His application was considered at the crown court today (TUES).

This was opposed by Tim Evans, on behalf of the prosecution, and refused by Judge Paul Batty QC, who stated that Finley must remain in custody.

Schoolboy, 14, identified in Carlisle murder investigation

Carlisle schoolboy Jordan Watson, 14, was found dead at Upperby Cemetery after what police have described as a 'savage and brutal' attack.

A post mortem examination has identified the cause of death as multiple wounds to the head and neck made with a sharp instrument.

“Jordan has lost his life as a result of a savage and brutal attack which has shocked the officers working on the case.

"For a child to die in these circumstances in Carlisle is appalling. The offender or offenders must be apprehended and I appeal to any members of the public with information to come forward.

"If anybody heard or saw anything unusual in the area of the cemetery on Manor Road overnight, I would urge them to report it to our incident room.”

– Detective Superintendent Andrew Slattery

Cumbria Police have increased patrols across Carlisle as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from North Cumbria CID.


Three others sentenced in Carlisle murder case

Three more Polish men have been sent to prison for perverting the course of justice following the murder of a man in Carlisle.

Artur Woszczyna was described as being "devious and manipulative" by the judge at Carlisle Crown Court. He was jailed for 10 years.

He disposed of blood stained clothes after 32 year old Piotr Kulinski was stabbed seven times outside his home in Harraby on October 14th last year. Artur Skoczen was jailed for five years and Adam Karpuk, who was recruited to dispose of a getaway car, was jailed for three years, four months.

The judge recommended that they serve at least half of their sentences.

Earlier two other Polish men were jailed for life for the murder of Mr. Kuliniski. Piotr Zygner will serve a minimum of 28 years and Sylwester Kawalec at least 22 years.

Life sentences for Polish murderers

Two Polish men have been jailed for life for the murder of a fellow Pole in Carlisle. Piotr Zygner will serve a minimum of 28 years and Sylwester Kawalec at least 22 years.

32 year old Piotr Kulinski was stabbed seven times outside his home in Harraby on October 14th last year. Sentencing the men, Judge Paul Batty said this was a murderous attack on a defenceless man in full view of his partner.

He told Zygner: "Because of your arrogance, your attitude afterwards and your complete lack of remorse you will go to jail for a minimum of 28 years."

The girlfriend of Zygner, Paulina Mucha, has been jailed for seven years for manslaughter.

Three convicted over Polish murder

Below is the statement from the Crown Prosecution Service, commenting after the verdict was returned in the Carlisle murder case:

“Piotr Zygner and Sylwester Kawalec have today been convicted of murdering Mr Kulinski and Paulina Mucha has been convicted of his manslaughter.

"They targeted their victim outside his own home and subjected him to a violent and brutal attack - he was stabbed multiple times and received fatal injuries.

“Throughout the investigation and the trial, they have sought to cover up their truly dreadful crime.

"They even enlisted the help of other defendants to provide false alibis and conceal evidence relating to the murder.

“Nevertheless, the CPS has been determined to bring them to justice for their actions.

"As a result, Artur Woszczyna and Artur Skoczen have also been convicted of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, while Adam Karpuk and Paulina Mucha pleaded guilty to this charge at an earlier hearing.

“It is testament to the courage of the witnesses who came forward and gave evidence that we were able to build a strong case and secure these convictions.

“I would also like to offer my sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Kulinski and I hope that today’s verdict will go some way into helping them to come to terms with their loss.”

– Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service
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