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Man Jailed for Life for Murder of Acomb Dad

Liam Matthew Wyard 190813

12:34pm 19th August 2013
(Updated 1:09pm 19th August 2013)

A man who killed a York dad in a violent and unprovoked attack has been jailed for life.

Liam Matthew Wyard, aged 20, was found guilty of the murder of David Keith Wright, by a jury at Leeds Crown Court on Friday 16 August 2013, following a trial.

Today he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He must serve a minimum jail term of 12 years before he can be considered for parole

Aaron Wootton, aged 17, was found guilty of manslaughter for his part in the attack, and was jailed for three years.

Aaron Wootton 190813

Wyard left Mr Wright, aged 50, who is known to his family as Keith, fighting for his life with serious brain injuries, after punching him to the ground, and kicking him in the head as he lay unconscious during a sustained attack on Acomb Road, York, on the evening of 21st  January 2013.

Wootton, who had been drinking with Wyard that evening, joined in the attack on Mr Wright.

Mr Wright never regained consciousness and sadly died 10 days later in Leeds General Infirmary due to the severity of his injuries.

Both defendants denied murdering Mr Wright.

Detective Sergeant Steve Wilson, of York CID, said: “Mr Wright died as a result of a brutal and unprovoked attack.

“He was minding his own business while waiting at a bus stopwhen Wyard and Wootton,who did not know him, attacked him for no apparent reason.

“They subjected him to an assault so vicious and sustained that Mr Wright had no chance of defending himself. Wyard was seen to kick Mr Wright full force to his head as he lay unconscious on the ground.

“The attack was witnessed by a number of people who were shocked by the level of violence used by Wyard and Wootton. Some tried to stop the attack, others informed the police, and some gave first aid to Mr Wright.

“The evidence provided by these witnesses was vital to the prosecution’s case and I thank them all for their contribution.

“What has happened to Mr Wright cannot be undone, and his family feel the deep loss of their father, brother, uncle, and grandfather.

“Now that Wyard and Wootton are beginning long jail sentences, which is the least their actions deserve, I hope that Mr Wright’s family are assured that the public will be protected from these two defendants for many years to come, and feel some sense of justice.”

Statement from family of David Keith Wright

“We are devastated by this life changing event. It puts things that are trivial into perspective. 

“Nothing can bring Keith back, but we thank all the witnesses who have helped us get some sense of justice. We also thank the police, legal team, the victim support, and staff at York District Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary who cared for Keith before he died. 

“Keith was a private man who kept himself to himself. He was born and bred in York. 

“He lived alone in Acomb, but his daughter, grandchildren, sister, two brothers, nieces and nephews all live locally. 

“Keith enjoyed listening to music, and kept himself smart.  He had a good sense of humour. We miss him.”


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