Three men who beat a man to death in Farnworth have been jailed.
Earlier today, Tuesday 16 January 2018, the following three people were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court after being found guilty of the murder and manslaughter of Ian Bendall:
Alexander Smith-Colgan (28/06/1988) of Ramsay Avenue in Farnworth was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 27 years for murder.
Ellis Hampson (30/03/1998) of Oakfield Drive in Little Hulton was sentenced to 11 years and one month for manslaughter.
William Coughlan (17/11/1991) of Ramsay Avenue in Farnworth was sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter.
The court heard how on Thursday 8 June 2017, Colgan and Hampson set about hunting for Ian Bendall after he was involved in a dispute with them.
They visited a couple of houses before tracking Ian down the following morning at an address in Farnworth.
Colgan and Hampson drove Ian away in a black Avensis and met up with Coughlan who was waiting in a Peugeot he parked on George Street.
Both cars then drove in convoy to Century Mill before the defendants got out of the cars and congregated around a caravan near to an alleyway.
The gang then brutally beat Ian before putting him back in the Avensis and driving away.
Ian returned home, severely beaten and was subsequently taken to hospital.
Ian discharged himself the next day and returned home but was readmitted two days later where his condition rapidly deteriorated.
He contracted pneumonia as a result of his broken ribs and sadly died on Tuesday 13 June 2017.
Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, said: “These men clearly premeditated the harrowing assault they inflicted on Ian.”
“Today’s result won’t bring Ian back, but I hope it goes some way to helping his family and friends grieve - knowing that those responsible have been locked away.
“They are now where they deserve to be and can reflect on their despicable actions as they spend at least 48 years between them behind bars.”