Mur­der ap­peal like ‘a kick in the face’

Fam­ily hor­ri­fied to learn of killers’ bid to re­duce their sen­tences

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

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

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