Murder appeal like ‘a kick in the face’
Family horrified to learn of killers’ bid to reduce their sentences
THE family of murdered Hayes man Paul Thrower say they are “horrified” to learn his killers are appealing their sentences.
The father-of-three died after two youths hit him with a 4ft long axe and stabbed him 10 times in the back near his home in St Dunstan’s Close, on February 20 last year.
Kiro Halliburton of Tollgate Drive, Hayes, was convicted of murder and jailed for a minimum of 16 years.
Zakariya Subeir of Rockingham Road, Uxbridge, received an eightyear sentence for manslaughter, with an extended license period of a further four years.
Both are to appeal the length of their sentences at the Royal Courts of Justice this Friday (October 2).
After hearing of the appeal, Paul’s brother Darren Thrower told the Gazette it was “like a kick in the face” to his family.
He added: “They have got some nerve to go for an appeal. I think they should be given more time.
“I think it’s wasting court time, taxpayers money, and it’s bringing it all up again.
“Now Paul is gone I feel like a part of me has gone.
“I’m not the same person I was. It’s like I’m having to rebuild my life as a different person.”
Darren, who lives in Oxford, said his brother and other residents had been bullied by the youths who would hang around in the stairwells.
He said: “They started spitting at Paul’s girlfriend and he just lost it, which is not like my brother.
“He used to help everyone and really was a kind person, but to make him snap like he did, takes a lot.”
Paul confronted the youths on the evening of February 20 and was attacked with an axe by Subeir while Halliburton stabbed him repeatedly. A third defendant, Mahdi Osman, received five-and-a-half years for his lesser role of passing the axe to Subeir, and will not appeal.
Darren, whose brother Paul was the best man at his wedding, said: “We used to go clubbing together. My brother was a great dancer.
“He was very bubbly, his sense of humour and the way he was meant he was a really uplifting guy, all of his friends would say that.
“He was my best friend as well as my brother. He was my rock. If I had a problem he’d be there.”
n APPEAL: Kiro Halliburton,top, and Zakariya Subeir were convicted of the killing in February last year of Paul Thrower, pictured above left with brother Darren, left, at his wedding