Ringleader of gang that killed Garry Newlove could move to open jail

Ringleader of drunken teenage gang that killed Garry Newlove in brutal attack outside his home in 2007 could be moved to open jail

  • Adam Swellings led a gang of youths who brutally killed Garry Newlove in 2007
  • The father-of-three was set upon by the group outside his home in Warrington 
  • Swellings, who was 19 at the time, was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in jail
  • Now a Parole Board is deciding whether he is fit able to be moved to open prison

A man who led a gang of teenagers in the brutal murder of Garry Newlove could be moved to an open prison, according to reports.

Adam Swellings was the ringleader of a group of boys who viciously attacked the father-of-three outside his home in Warrington in 2007. 

Swellings, who was 19 at the time, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of his murder, along with Jordan Cunliffe, then 16, and Steven Sorton, then 17.  

Cunliffe and Sorton have since been released on parole, while Swellings, whose minimum 17-year sentence ends in 2024, is still in prison. 

Adam Swellings, pictured here when he was 19, is the last member of the gang who killed Garry Newlove to remain behind bars

Garry Newlove was beaten to death outside his home in Warrington in 2007 by a gang of youths

It has been reported that in preparation for this, he has bid to move to an open prison, where he will be under less stringent restrictions.

According to the Mirror, the killer has already had his case heard by the Parole Board on Monday, with a decision expected within days.

The Parole Board said: ‘The parole review of Adam Swellings has been referred to [us] by the Secretary of State for Justice and is following standard processes with a decision expected in April.’  

The attack shocked the nation, with particular attention being drawn to the fact two of his killers were drunk and underage at the time.

The Warrington resident had gone outside his home and reprimanded the three teenagers for vandalising cars on his street.

They subsequently attacked him, punching the 47-year-old repeatedly and kicking his head ‘like a football’.

The brutal assault was witnessed by Mr Newlove’s 12-year-old daughter Amy, while his wife Helen found him with the bloody imprint of a trainer on his head. 

Jordan Cunliffe, who is now registered blind, was released from prison on parole in September 2020

Stephen Sorton had his minimum term reduced from 15 years to 13 years, and was released from prison in 2020

He died three days after the incident having never regained consciousness  and left behind his wife and three children. 

Mr Newlove’s tragic death stunned the nation and became a symbol for ‘Broken Britain’. 

His widow Helen was made a peer in 2010 following her campaign work on youth crime and served as the Victim’s Commissioner from 2012 to 2019. 

Swellings, Sorton and Cunliffe were all found guilty of murder and given minimum terms of 17, 15 and 12 years respectively.

It was found that ringleader Swellings had only been released on bail just hours before the attack took place for a similar assault, and flouted a court order banning him from Warrington. 

Two other teenage boys were acquitted of all charges. 

Helen Newlove, wife of Garry, pictured at a press conference after the teenagers were found guilty of his murder. She would later be made a peer for her campaign work on youth crime

Sorton and Cunliffe have both since been move from closed prison, with Swelling hoping to do the same.

The transfer of Cunliffe to open prison in 2020 sparked controversy when the Parole Board approved the move and he hosted a drunken party in his cell to celebrate his upcoming freedom. 

This prompted the then Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to declare there was not a ‘wholly acceptable rationale’ for this move and Cunliffe was ordered to remain in a ‘closed’ prison until his next parole hearing. 

He was eventually  paroled in September that year, but the Secretary of State appealed the decision, something that was dismissed by the courts.

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