Two Found Guilty Of Murder Of Rotherham Man In Lay-By
A man and woman from Huddersfield have been found guilty of the murder of Craig Preston on Town Lane in Rotherham on 22 August 2016. The trial lasted for 13 weeks and Leonie Mason was found guilty along with Shiraz Bashir.
Mason had been having an on and off relationship with Mr Preston and Bashir was her jealous new boyfriend. The jury took only two days to find the pair guilty of murder and they have been remanded in custody. On trial along with them were a boy of 16 and two 15 year old boys, they have not been named for legal reasons and they have been charged with murder. They were found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and have been remanded in custody.
The body of Mr. Preston had been found on August 22 on the moors at the Woodhead Tunnels. He had been beaten severely and he died as the result of his head injuries.
The senior investigating officer said that it had been a difficult and complex murder investigation into what had been a sustained and brutal attack on Mr. Preston. Together Bashir, Mason and the boys planned to harm Preston and this had been determined through forensic work and CCTV enquiries. The mobile phones of the defendants showed an image of the beaten body of Mr Preston in the boot of a car along with texts revealing the planned attack.
He said that the evidence had been overwhelming and he was pleased with the guilty verdicts. He went on to say that the three juvenile defendants, of which were only 14 at the time of the murder, have not shown any remorse, Bashir along with Mason denied guilt.