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.