Joey Barton’s racist, murderous brother strives to be released from prison when a BBC drama about his victim is broadcast.
31-year-old Michael Barton will appear on the Parole Board in October after murdering 18-year-old Anthony Walker in Merseyside
31-year-old Michael Barton will appear on the Parole Board in October after murdering 18-year-old black student Anthony Walker in Merseyside.
The criminal is serving an 18-year prison sentence for the nauseating attack, but wants to move to an open prison so that he can be released after 16 years.
Barton and his cousin Paul Taylor ambushed Mr. Walker in McGoldrick Park and drove an ice pick through his skull on July 30, 2005, before fleeing to Amsterdam.
Joey, who was playing for Manchester City at the time, told his brother to report himself and was escorted to Liverpool on August 3, 2005 by their parents and police.
He was found guilty of murder and jailed for what the trial judge called “toxic racist villain” after confronting and delivering the ax.
Taylor, then 20, the cousin of Fleetwood Town manager Joey, was sentenced to at least 23 years of age.
When Barton first entered the prison system, his behavior was appalling, the London Supreme Court heard in 2016.
The pious Christian Anthony (photo) was brutally killed at the age of 18 during the racist attack on July 29, 2005 in Huyton
Considered a high-risk prisoner, he was disciplined for fighting, stealing, making a model gun out of matches, and possession of illegal hooch.
But his sentence was cut short in 2016 when he became a charity worker while incarcerated.
The horrific murder has been turned into a BBC film called Anthony, which investigates how the devout Christian was brutally murdered.
His mother Gee Walker, who was involved in the drama, said yesterday that Mr. Walker was “the son every mother dreamed of,” calling him “the embodiment of goodness.”
She urged viewers to watch the 90-minute film – which represents the life he could have led – with an “open heart.”
She revealed how it describes the “moments of racism” Mr. Walker encountered all his life.
Ms. Walker told GMB, “It’s been two years, but things are happening, Covid and George Floyd, and I hope people look at them with an open heart.
“There are moments of racism everywhere, so welcome to Anthony Walker’s school.
“Hopefully people will act, because we have talked for years and years and we have done nothing, and we can call a conversation and people will act.
“Racism is a disease and it brings out our children and causes pain and suffering.”
Mr Walker was a Liverpool teenager with a devout Christian faith and fondness for basketball.
Known to his family and friends for his humor, intelligence and compassion, he was halfway through college with dreams of visiting the US and studying law.
Ms. Walker called her son “every mother’s dream” and praised the “caring and sensitive” teenager, who was “wise after his years.”
She said, “I often say he was the model of goodness. Every mother’s dream. When I wore it I dreamed of a caring and sensitive boy and I got it all. ‘
She added, “He was wise after his years. The son every mother would want. ‘
The BBC movie was made by award-winning Liverpool screenwriter Jimmy McGovern after in-depth conversations with Ms. Walker.
BBC program Anthony tells the story of the pious life that Christian Anthony could have led. Mr Walker is played by Toheeb Jimoh (shown in the program)
The victim was played by Toheeb Jimoh, and Ms. Walker said after reading through the show that she knew he was the right person to portray her son.
She said, “He captured Anthony’s character so well because he can be humorous and serious too.
“When I met Toheeb, I knew it was him. He contacted me like Anthony would because we are a cuddly family so I knew the deal was closed. ‘
A spokesman for the Parole Board told it Mirror: “An oral hearing is on the list for Michael Barton’s parole and will take place in October.
“The Parole Board’s decisions focus only on the risk that a prisoner may pose to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
“The panel will carefully examine a range of evidence, including details about the original crime, and any evidence of behavioral change, and understanding the damage and impact of the crime on the victims.
Parole reviews are carried out thoroughly and with the utmost care. Protecting the public is our first priority. ‘