Drug dealer who knifed 17-year-old in 'minor dispute' over bicycle jailed for murder

17-year-old Brandon Regan Credit: Merseyside Police

Two men have been jailed for the murder of a 17-year-old boy in a knife attack.

17-year-old Brandon Regan was found stabbed to death in a garden in Speke in January.

Merseyside Police said it happened after a 'minor dispute' over the theft of a bicycle.

Lewis Gibbons, 26, of Holland Road, Halewood, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years.

And 24-year-old Steven Jones, of no fixed abode, was also found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years.

A third man, 22-year-old Jack Butterworth of Finsbury Park, Widnes, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Lewis Gibbons and Steven Jones. Credit: Merseyside Police.

“Brandon’s death can only be described as tragic lost his life as a consequence of someone recklessly using a knife, after the offenders chose to escalate a minor dispute over the theft of bike. “Today’s sentencing cannot undo the hurt caused to Brandon’s family but hopefully gives them some sense of justice as they continue to come to terms with their loss."

Detective Inspector Colin Rennison, Merseyside Police
Brandon Regan’s body was found on 29 January 2018 in the garden of an address in Critchley Road, Speke. Credit: Merseyside Police.

Drug dealer Jones knifed Brandon four times - thrusting his blade so hard into the victim's back that he broke a rib.

Mr Regan managed to flee and climbed over a wall into the back garden of a home on Critchley Road in Speke, Liverpool, where he collapsed.

He died alone in a pool of blood and his body was only found when a woman looked out of her kitchen window the following morning.

Jones, and his accomplice Gibbons, who prosecutors said brought a meat cleaver and axe to the scene, were convicted of murder.

Their friend Butterworth, who rammed Mr Regan off the scooter in his Audi A4, was cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter.