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TEENAGE BOYS KILLED IRISH TRAVELLER, 15.

Byline: WILL BATCHELOR

TWO teenagers were yesterday convicted of kicking a 15-year-old Irish Traveller to death.

The boys, both aged 16, were found guilty of the manslaughter of 15-year-old Johnny Delaney by a jury at Chester Crown Court in England.

Johnny, who lived on a Travellers' site in Liverpool, was kicked in the head following a row between his friends and a group of youths in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in May.

It was claimed the fight started after one of the gang of youths shouted "gypsy b*****d" at Johnny's group.

The two defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found not guilty of murder. Mr Justice Richards adjourned sentencing for three weeks. The attack on May 28 this year was claimed by the prosecution to be racially motivated.

The jury was told that one of the defendants stamped on Johnny's head with both feet and said he deserved it because "he was only a f****** gypsy".

However, Mr Justice Richards said he did not believe the attack was racially motivated.

Speaking outside court, Johnny's father Patrick Delaney said: "There is no justice here. They were kicking my son like a football.

"I have lost my son for life. This has left a big hole in our family."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2003
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