VIGILANTE KILLERS WHO MURDERED AN INNOCENT MAN GETS LIFE – Luke Harwood was just 18 years old when he was lured to his death by Emma Hall, 21 and her three friends, James Danby, 27, Tony O’Toole, 30 and Billy Duggan, 21.
All but one of the gang, Billy Duggan, was found guilty of murder. Duggan was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Hall, Danby and O’Toole now face life imprisonment for their part in murdering Luke Harward
Luke Harwood was savagely beaten to death in May last year after an 18 year old girl told Hall that she had been raped by Harward some two years earlier. From that point on a deadly plot was manufactured to lure Harward to his death.
What Hall wasn’t told at the time was the 18 year old, who accused Harward of rape, did report the incident to the police. The police later dismissed the case when she withdrew the allegation. During the initial investigation, before she withdrew the allegation, police found no evidence, physical or otherwise, to suggest she had been raped.
It was during a visit to a friend’s house in Romford, Essex, where Harward was staying at the time that Hall, Danby and O’Toole lured Harward into a separate room and beat began beating him.
Barely conscious Hall, Danby and O’Toole bundled Harward into Hall’s car and took him to a remote lane and then finally beaten to death. The trio then took Harward to a wasteland area in Woodford Green, East London and dumped his body.
Prosecutors produced evidence that the beating, which involved punching and kicking Harward in the head, was prolonged and sever and was bleeding heavily from his injuries. His face, when his body was discovered, was so badly swollen, with his facial bones simply crushed, that he was completely unrecognisable.
Once the gang finished killing Harward the prosecution described how the trio then burnt their clothes in order to conceal evidence from the authorities.
As evidence and statements were presented to the jury it was discovered that the trio had intended to dismember Harward and remove his teeth but Hall had already tipped off the Police; an act that was designed to throw them off her scent.
One of the gang, Billy Duggan 21, was not involved in the actual beating that killed Harward however the jury did find him guilty of perverting the course of justice in order to protect the others.
After the guilty verdict the judge ordered that they be imprisoned and bought before the court next week for sentencing.
Vigilante justice is not something that can be condoned and in a society with a strong justice system there is no reason why anyone could condone such an act. Justice must prevail but it must do so through proper investigation and prosecution by the authorities.
It is no secret to our readers that I am in favour of reinstating both Corporal and Capital Punishment and as our society appears to be sliding ever deeper into depravity it is no surprise that more and more of the British public are beginning to think that the worse thing the Government ever did was to abolish the death penalty.
From the articles I have read on this case the public comments are clear and here are just a few:
“A few more candidates for the rope, and I don’t care how young they are! They are old enough to kill – they are old enough to pay the ultimate price!”
”Bring. Back. Hanging.”
”Scum bags! Get the rope!!! ”
”Same old story…… All on welfare and drugs”
The question the public is asking… have we become too liberal and soft in dealing with criminals and has the evolution of ‘human rights’ barred us from proper justice.
The debate for and against the death penalty will continue to rage and while this takes place the likes of Hall will be again roaming the streets before she is 30 years of age.