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Carl Bridgewater PAPERBOY Carl Bridgewater was 13 when he was shot dead as he delivered to a farmhouse in 1978, in a killing that stunned the nation.

The youngster is believed to have disturbed burglars at remote Yew TreeFarm, near Stourbridge, West Mids.

Detectives who pieced together the shocking crime think he was then forced into the living room of the main house and blasted in the head at close range with a shotgun.

The elderly occupants of the farm, cousins Mary Poole and Fred Jones, were not at home at the time.

Four men - Patrick Molloy, James Robinson and cousins Vincent Hickey and Michael Hickey - were arrested for the horror.

They had come to the attention of police after a series of further serious gun crimes following Carl's killing in September 1978.

All denied murder but the Hickeys and Robinson were convicted at Stafford crown court.

Molloy was found guilty of manslaughter.

I have Robinson and Vincent Hickey were given life sentences.

as Michael Hickey, 18 at the time, was ordered to be detained indefinitely at Her Majesty's Pleasure. Molloy was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

that end But in February 1997, their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

The Judges ruled that the men's trials had been unfair and police were said to have fiddled with evidence.

IN THE CLEAR Vincent Hickey, 63, said at the time: "My conviction has been quashed, so I am absolved . "And as far as I'm concerned that's the end of it."

I have been absolved so as far as I'm concerned that is the end of it


IN THE CLEAR Vincent Hickey

GRIEF Parents Janet and Brian

SCENE Yew Tree Farm is in the West Midlands

KILLER WEAPON Shotgun used

TRAGIC Carl was delivering paper to the remote farm

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2017
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