Three Chester teenagers who assaulted a 16-year-old boy in Ellesmere Port have been jailed.
On 14 August the three, who appeared at Chester Crown Court, were handed out sentences totaling 76 months.
Stuart Tallis, 19, from Faulkener Street, Chester received a 12 month custodial sentence for his part in the assault on Daniel Ferguson in Ellesmere Port in the early hours of 9 March 2017.
Jamie Carter, 19, from Brook Street in Chester received 16 month.
Nathan Green, Dyserth Road in Chester received 48 months. Green was convicted of assaulting Daniel, supplying him with Class A drugs on the night of his death and supplying both Class A and B drugs.
Following the attack Daniel’s health declined as a result of a drugs overdose and sadly died. The assault and the handing over of a Class A drug were not linked to the cause of Daniel’s death.
Carole Ferguson, Daniel Ferguson’s grandmother spoke on behalf of the family. She said: “It has been a horrendous time for the family and no sentence will ever be high enough or bring Dan back. We are pleased that this has now come to an end and that we have some kind of closure but our life without Dan has only just started. I just hope that what happened to Dan can help save the lives of others and deter young people from trying these dangerous drugs.”
Upon sentencing the defendants Judge Patrick Thompson described the assault as ‘ugly, cowardly and nasty, he told the men that they acted like ‘animals’. Earlier in the proceedings he described the case as ‘Particularly sad and depressing to see young men acting in that manner’.
Detective Constable Tom Davies said: “This was a sad case and such a waste of a young life. It has been a very difficult 17 months for Daniel’s family and I just hope that they can get some kind of closure from the court result. This is a stark reminder of just how dangerous illegal drugs are and the destruction they have on the lives of people effected by them. Those convicted of Assaulting Daniel will have to live with how they treated him at a time when he was at his most vulnerable.”