Four people have been found guilty of murdering a father who was stabbed to death near his home while trying to flee a mob attack.

Stephen Pugh, 49, Sean Neil, 42, Tina Walton, 43, and Stephanie Steel, 38, were convicted of murder after jury heard they acted like an ‘out-of-control mob out for retribution’ during the gang attack on Mark Gibson. , 52.

A fifth defendant, Aaron Chadwick, 33, was found guilty of manslaughter after the jury concluded that he was involved in the attack but did not intend to seriously harm Mr. Gibson, LancsLive reports.

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Emergency services were called to Carshalton Road in Blackpool in the early hours of July 11, where Mr Gibson lay badly injured on the pavement. During the trial, Pugh, who always denied killing Mr. Gibson, confessed that he had stabbed his father with a double-edged knife.

Each defendant claimed that they acted in self-defense after an attack on Tina Walton in which she sustained a head injury. But the jury at Preston Crown Court accepted the prosecution’s case that although Gibson may have started the trouble when he knocked on the door of a house in Boothroyden, he posed no risk to anyone when he was fatally stabbed.

During the trial, the jury was shown footage of a fight at the corner of Boothroyden and Carshalton Road. They were also shown CCTV of a riot on the front lawn of a house in Carshalton Road, in which the mob attacked Mr Gibson as he tried to run to safety.


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