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Statement by Merseyside Police

Kevin Bennett did nothing on the night he was fatally attacked to warrant or provoke the violence inflicted by Simon Evans, Brandon Doran and Connor Doran.

Kevin was a harmless and vulnerable man who occasionally slept rough after a night at his local pub. The defendants went out looking for trouble that night and CCTV shows them roaming the empty streets in the early hours of the morning. When they found Kevin lying asleep behind Iceland they subjected him to a savage and sustained attack.

The suffering Kevin endured before his death and the pain and heartbreak inflicted on his family can never be taken back. But I hope that the conviction and sentencing of these young men brings them a sense of closure and justice, and sends out a clear message that violence against vulnerable members of society is not tolerated by Merseyside Police and should not be tolerated by the communities we serve.

– Acting Detective Inspector Cheryl Rhodes, Merseyside Police

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Teenagers jailed for killing a man for a dare

Kevin Bennett Credit: Merseyside Police

Three teenage boys who beat a man to death for a dare in Liverpool have been jailed for his murder.

53-year-old Kevin Bennett was attacked whilst sleeping rough outside a shop in Walton last August. He died six days later after suffering multiple injuries to his head and chest.

17-year old Connor Doran was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison. His 14-year-old brother Brandon recieved a 6-year sentence and 14-year-old Simon Evans was sentenced to 8 years.

Police - 'savage and sustained assault'

Kevin Bennett did nothing on the night he was fatally attacked to warrant or provoke the violence inflicted on him by the three defendants.

Kevin was a harmless and vulnerable man who occasionally slept rough after a night at his local pub. His attackers went out looking for trouble that night and CCTV shows them roaming the empty streets in the early hours of the morning. When they found Kevin lying asleep behind Iceland they subjected him to a savage and sustained assault.

The suffering Kevin endured before his death and the pain and heartbreak inflicted on his family can never be taken back. But I hope that the convictions of these young men brings Kevin's family a sense of closure and justice, and sends out a clear message that violence against vulnerable members of society is not tolerated by Merseyside Police and should not be tolerated by the communities we serve.

– Acting Detective Inspector Cheryl Rhodes, Merseyside Police

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Boy, 14, charged with murder

Merseyside Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with murder after the death of a homeless man in Liverpool.

Kevin Bennett, 53, was found outside a shop on Walton Road a week ago with injuries to his face and body.

He died in hospital on Thursday.

Police arrested five teenage boys in connection with the attack. The four others remain in police custody.

The boy who has been charged, who is from the Walton area of the city, will appear in court tomorrow morning.