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A teenager who beat an engineer to death in an unprovoked attack in North Somerset filmed on his friend's mobile phone has been jailed for life. 18 year old Ryan Sheppard will serve a minimum of 12 years and three months' imprisonment after admitting the murder of 35 year old Mark Roberts in Weston-super-Mare on October 12 last year.
Mr Roberts had been walking home alone following a night out with friends in the Somerset town when he was approached by four teenagers, then aged between 15 and 17. Sheppard began pestering Mr Roberts for a cigarette and to take him to a pub - requests the stepfather-of-two declined, instead suggesting the group "go home". The teenager responded by hitting Mr Roberts to the floor before a girl, then aged 15 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, took out her iPhone and started filming.
Sheppard and his friends then walked away, leaving Mr Roberts, who suffered a cardiac arrest, lying unconscious. Residents called paramedics and Mr Roberts was taken to Weston General Hospital, where he died 36 hours later.
An teenager has appeared in court to admit murdering a man in Weston-super-Mare last year.
35-year-old Mark Roberts died in hospital in October 2013, a day after being assaulted as he walked home on the Bournville Eastate.
Today Ryan Sheppard, 18, appeared at Bristol Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Roberts. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Police say they hope the guilty plea brings some comfort to Mr Roberts' family.
The parents of Mark Roberts from Weston-super-Mare, who died after being assaulted in Baildon Road at the weekend, have paid tribute to him. Lesley and Andrew Roberts say:
“Mark was our only son, loved by us, his sister Rachel, fiancée Zara and his extended family and friends. His loss has devastated us all and we do not know what life is going to be without him. It is unimaginable.
“Last year Mark found the woman he wanted to share his life with, and recently became engaged. He has been robbed of becoming a father, step-father and uncle."
A teenager has been charged with Mark's murder but the investigation into Mark’s death continues. and both the investigation team, and Mark’s family, are continuing to appeal for the community to come forward with information. Anyone who can help should contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101.
A teenager has been charged with the murder of a man in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend.
Father of two Mark Roberts, died after he was attacked on the Bournville estate in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A 17-year-old from Weston-super-Mare will appear at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Police still want people to come forward with information.
A man who died after a serious assault in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend has been named as father of two, Mark Roberts.
Police have started a murder investigation after Mr Roberts was attacked on the Bournville estate in the early hours of Saturday morning. He died in hospital yesterday. Several people have now been arrested.
This video clip shows flowers laid at the scene in tribute to Mr Roberts.