Five teenagers were today (Tuesday July 5) found guilty of the killing of a man walking home from a night out with his partner in a North East town last year.

Danny Humble suffered what Newcastle Crown Court heard was a “short and sustained” attack in an underpass in Cramlington, Northumberland, at about midnight on Friday May 28, 2021.

The clash followed an exchange of words between the parties after one of the youths joked that Mr Humble looked like the Geordie tv star Ant McPartlin, of Ant and Dec fame.

Mr Humble, a 35-year-old father from the Northumberland town, suffered what was described as a “catastrophic” head injury, from which he did not recover, after being surrounded and kicked on the ground.

His partner, Adele Stubbs, tried to offer first aid, to no avail, while ringing 999 and shouting at the youths involved.

Read more: DANNY HUMBLE: Seven teenagers charged with murder of Cramlington dad

Following a trial lasting about seven weeks, and after four days’ deliberation by the jury, one of the teenage accused, Alistair Dickson, 18, of Hawkins Way, Blyth, was found guilty of murder.

Four others, 18-year-olds Kyros Robinson, of Woodside Avenue, Seaton Delaval, Ethan Scott, of Chester Grove, and Bailey Wilson, of Mitford Avenue, both Blyth, plus a 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, were found guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Humble.

Two other teenagers, Izaak Little, 18, of Blackthorn Drive, Blyth, and a 17-year-old, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, were cleared of murdering Mr Humble at the direction of the trial judge, Mr Justice Joel Bennathan, earlier in the trial, last month.

All the accused defendants denied the murder.

The five teenagers convicted today were remanded in custody and will be sentenced in the week beginning September 12.

Following the verdicts, Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Brooks, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is a truly tragic case in which a father lost his life and our thoughts very much remain with Danny’s heartbroken family and loved ones.

“Danny was a very respected member of the Cramlington community and leaves behind two completely devastated children, a committed partner, loving family and countless friends.

“This has been a complex investigation that has relied on the support of the community to come forward as witnesses and assist with the case – and I would like to thank people for their assistance.

“I also want to thank Danny’s loved ones for their patience, cooperation and the dignity they have shown during the investigation and court proceedings.”

Det Chief Insp Brooks added: “So many lives have been destroyed by what happened that night. Children have been left without a father and those responsible have caused pain and suffering for their own loved ones and shattered their own chances of a happy future.

“No one wins where violence is concerned and I want to send a clear message to anyone who believes that such actions are acceptable– the consequences are devastating and can rip lives apart.

“As a Force we are fully committed to tackling violent crime and working with partners will continue to play our part in ensuring the region remains one of the safest in the country.”

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