Teenage killer of Warrington dad-of-three to face parole board after 14 years in prison

After killing Garry Newlove in 2007, Adam Swellings was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison. With his minimum sentence due to expire in August, he is now up for parole. Credit: Liverpool Echo

The ringleader of a group of teenagers who beat a dad-of-three to death outside his home has applied for parole.Adam Swellings was one of three teens who attacked 47-year-old Garry Newlove in Warrington, after they were caught vandalising his wife's car on the evening of 10 August 2007. Garry was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries on August 12.Swellings, who was 19 at the time, had been freed on bail just hours earlier after an assault, and had ignored a court order banning him from Warrington.

He was convicted of murder in January 2008, along with 17-year-old Stephen Sorton and 16-year-old Jordan Cunliffe, and was given a life sentence with a minimum of 17 years.He is now due to appear before the parole board for the first time, as his minimum sentence expires in August.

Gary Newlove was beaten to death by Adam Swellings, Stephen Sorton, and Jordan Cunliffe. Credit: Liverpool Echo

Garry’s widow, Baroness Helen Newlove, declined to comment on Swellings’ upcoming parole hearing but is expected to read an impact statement at it.

She has been a vocal supporter of the government’s long-awaited Victims and Prisoners Bill, which aims to improve the support offered to victims of crime, and bolster their rights to be updated and consulted on their cases.Swellings’ fellow killers Cunliffe and Sorton, then 16 and 17, received minimum jail terms of 12 and 15 years respectively for Garry's murder. Sorton’s sentence was cut by two years on appeal and both he and Cunliffe were released in 2020.Swellings, from Crewe, was cleared for a move to an open prison in 2021, but the decision was blocked by the Justice Secretary at the time, Dominic Raab.

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