Three men and a woman are sentenced to life imprisonment after father, 33, is beaten to death with a metal bar
Three men and a woman from Manchester have been sentenced to life after a loving father was hunted and beaten to death with a metal bar.
Warren Glover, 33, was found unconscious on the street and died in hospital three weeks later.
Mr Glover’s family spoke of their grief and loss when siblings Aaron and Melissa Stubbs were sentenced to life at Crown Court in Liverpool.
Both were convicted last week along with their friend Stephen Strutt and Strutt’s brother-in-law Peter Walker of murder of ‘joint enterprise’.
All four denied the charges they faced but were found guilty by a jury after a trial.
Mr Glover had had ‘a brief, intense relationship’ with Melissa Stubbs, but they split up in November 2019, the court heard.
Warren Glover, 33, was found unconscious in the street and died in hospital three weeks later after being beaten to death with a metal bar
Mr. Glover, it was said, began dating another woman in early 2020, but text messages showed that he and Melissa Stubbs were talking about getting back together and had agreed on June 12 last year, before starting to suspect that he saw someone else.
They had dropped out on June 13, a judge was told.
Tania Griffiths, QC, prosecutor, said: “Warren Glover began sending nasty and insulting texts to Melissa and her parents, Frank and Gail. Worst of all, they were about her son. ‘
It led to Aaron and Melissa Stubbs telling Mr. Glover they were going to “beat him up with the head.”
The siblings drove to St Helens with Strutt and Walker, in a Kia car after armed themselves with weapons.
The court has been informed that prior to their arrival, Mr. Glover “armed himself with a hump hammer,” took to the street and “brandished the hammer and damaged the car.”
Brother and sister Aaron and Melissa Stubbs (pictured) received life sentences at Crown Court in Liverpool
Judge Denis Watson QC, who was sentenced Friday, ruled that they had no intention of killing Mr Glover while driving from Manchester, but intended to inflict serious bodily harm on him.
He said, “Before he tried to run, Aaron Stubbs got out of the car with the bar and Peter Walker with the baseball bat.
“Aaron Stubbs then hit Warren Glover over the head from behind with a heavy blow, a very heavy blow.”
The judge added: ‘Four people left in a car for a 30-mile journey and took guns.
The idea, as the defendants suggested, that there was no discussion of what was going on, was absurd.
“These four people set out from Manchester on a 30-mile journey to inflict serious bodily injury.”
Judge Watson said that while there was “some planning,” “it was” not a long-cherished plan. “
He said it “was clear” that there was “an escalation in emotional temperament at some point before the parties were present.”
Mr Glover was left unconscious and suffered a skull fracture in the attack on June 13 last year and later at around 10:15 PM. died in hospital on July 7.
Judge Watson said the text messages were “offensive and provocative,” but because the attack “took place almost two hours later,” it “suggests to me that it was revenge rather than an impulse over reaction.”
The siblings were both convicted of ‘joint enterprise’ murder last week, along with their boyfriend, Stephen Strutt (left), and Strutt’s brother-in-law, Peter Walker (right).
Melissa Stubbs, 30, from Burnage, was given life with a minimum of 20 years and six months.
Aaron Stubbs, 30, was given life with a minimum of 21 years and six months.
Strutt, 39, from Stalybridge, Tameside, was given life with a minimum of 20 years.
Walker, 31, from Wythenshawe, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years and six months.
Strutt’s girlfriend Sarah Clarke, 30, was found guilty of helping a perpetrator after helping him hide in a hotel.
Clarke, who denied the charge, was released on bail and will be sentenced next month.
Detective Inspector Jackie Guinness said afterwards, “Our investigation led us to Manchester and it soon became apparent that the group had made a series of arrangements and plans to travel together to Thatto Heath to attack Mr. Glover.” Merseyside police said it was a “brutal attack.”
Jackie Glover, Mr. Glover’s mother, thanked residents who provided first aid to her son and contacted emergency services.
“I am really proud of Warren for being a great father and for being brave enough and seeking help and support for his mental health issues,” she said in a statement after the sentencing hearing.
‘Warren was my everything, the reason I got up every day, without him I feel lost, broken and empty.
“I’ll be forever grateful for his life and wouldn’t want to change anything about him.”