‘He mur­dered my brother’

Fam­ily left dis­traught as killer’s sen­tence is cut

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

A MUR­DERER of Hayes handy­man Paul Thrower has had his sen­tence cut by three years by ap­peal court judges.

Kiro Wayne Hal­libur­ton, 19, pre­vi­ously of Toll­gate Drive, Hayes, ap­peared at the Court of Ap­peal via video link on Oc­to­ber 2 along­side co-ap­pel­lant Zakariya Subeir.

The killer, cur­rently im­pris­oned at HMP Bel­marsh, was handed a life sen­tence with a min­i­mum term of 16 years in prison, on De­cem­ber 19, af­ter jurors at the Old Bai­ley con­victed him of mur­der.

But on Fri­day, Ap­peal Judges Lord Jus­tice Ful­ford, Mrs Jus­tice Lang DBE and Mr Jus­tice Lewis, re­duced the min­i­mum tar­iff by three years to a 13-year term.

Subeir, pre­vi­ously of Rock­ing­ham Road, Uxbridge, was, last year, sen­tenced to eight years in a young of­fend­ers’ in­sti­tu­tion with an ex­tended li­cence pe­riod of a fur­ther four years. The judges did not re­duce his sen­tence.

The court heard that on the evening of Fe­bru­ary 20 last year, there had been an “ex­tended pe­riod of bad be­hav­iour on both sides” [the vic­tim and the de­fen­dants] af­ter Mr Thrower con­fronted a group of youths who had ear­lier abused his girl­friend, Geral­dine Roberts.

He had been drink­ing and be­came an­gry when his girl­friend told him the youths swore, spat and threw a drink at her, the judges were told.

Hal­libur­ton and Subeir shut them­selves in a bin chute when 46-year-old Mr Thrower chased them, the court heard.

They were handed an axe in a shed and Mahdi Os­man – the third de­fen­dant who re­ceived five-and-a-half years in prison for his lesser role in the in­ci­dent, and who did not ap­peal his sen­tence – passed it to Subeir.

Os­man said he handed it to them so they could pro­tect them­selves rather than at­tack Mr Thrower, the court heard.

When Mr Thrower broke the glass par­ti­tion, the court was told, Subeir hit him twice on the head and once on the shoul­der with the axe, while Hal­libur­ton stabbed him 10 times in the back with a knife be­fore de­liv­er­ing the fa­tal wound to the heart.

De­fend­ing Hal­libur­ton, Miss Grey, out­lined that although the trial judge recog­nised his young age at the time of the of­fence, ex­tra mit­i­ga­tion cir­cum­stances meant that the sen­tenc­ing thresh­old would have been low­ered had they been prop­erly taken into ac­count.

Subeir’s de­fence lawyer, Mr Cooper, con­tested the “ex­tended li­cense” pe­riod at­tached to his client’s sen­tence and ar­gued that his pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions should not “pre­sume dan­ger­ous­ness”.

The three judges dis­missed the grounds of Subeir’s ap­peal, say­ing it was not con­sid­ered “man­i­festly ex­ces­sive”.

Speak­ing af­ter the ap­peal hear­ing, Mr Thrower’s brother, Dar­ren, told the Gazette: “I can’t be­lieve it. He cold-blood­edly killed my brother with no re­morse what­so­ever.

“With all the knife crime go­ing on, that’s what my brother’s life is worth now.”


MUR­DERED: Paul Thrower

n JAIL TERM: Kiro Hal­libur­ton’s sen­tence has been cut to 13 years

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