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Teen found guilty of beating man to death

CONVICTED: Shylon Wishart

FOLLOWING A seven-day trial a teenager from Birmingham has been found guilty of murdering a man last summer.

At Wolverhampton Court today (April 16) the jury took just one hour and 23 minutes to reach their verdict of finding Shylon Wishart, 19, from Sedgley, guilty of murdering 23-year-old Shane Watson, also from Sedgley, on June 28, 2012

His co-defendant James Cartwright, 18 from Sandyfields Road, Sedgley, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Watson had been on a night out on July 27 with his girlfriend Kelly Handley.

The pair had just left Monty’s nightclub in Sedgley when they were separated shortly before 2:00am (July 28).

The court heard how Wishart and Cartwright had also been on a night out and had asked Watson for a cigarette.

When he told them he did not have one, Cartwright punched him and knocked him out.

The two then stamped on his face and his crotch before they pulled down his trousers and underwear and then urinated on him before extinguishing a cigarette in his mouth.

Both defendants took pictures of Shane on their phones including one of him being urinated on.

They then went to a party and boasted to other people about what they had done before showing other party goers the graphic images.

They also gloated about taking Watson’s iPhone, car keys and money after the attack.

Cartwright and Wishart were arrested within hours at their respective homes on the afternoon of July 28.

Watson's iPhone case was found in Wishart’s garden following his arrest together with two pairs of shoes and jeans belonging to the defendants.

Both of the right shoes were heavily blood stained and DNA was found inside respective shoes belonging to Wishart and Cartwright.

“We will never know the reason why Wishart and Cartwright attacked Shane on that night but we do know that they boasted about this vicious attack to partygoers later that night,” said Dectective Inspector Nigel Harrison.

“I hope that this conviction will provide some shred of comfort to Shane’s family and friends. Our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time.”

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