Two men who filmed an attack in which a man was stripped naked and “brutally beaten” have been jailed for murder.
Keith Lowe, 22, who changed his plea to guilty after video evidence emerged during his trial, was jailed for 21 years at Leicester Crown Court for the attack on Brendan Mason, 23.
Joshua Hack, 21, who admitted murder, was jailed for 20 years and six months.
Mr Mason died in hospital after he suffered a total of 99 injuries in Abbey Park, Leicester, last July.
The court heard Lowe, of Rockingham Close, Leicester, and Hack, of St Helen’s Drive, Leicester, were friends of Mr Mason and lured him to the park in the early hours of 5 July.
Lowe admitted murder during his trial – after being confronted with mobile phone footage showing him landing blows on Mr Mason.
Judge Michael Chambers QC said the attack “was an intention to cause extremely severe violence and injury”.
‘Chilling’ video evidence
“You [Lowe and Hack] subjected him [Mr Mason] to a brutal and sustained attack in which you caused him great pain and humiliation,” he said.
“Brendan Mason was only 23 with his life before him. You subjected him to a merciless attack with extreme violence.”
Judge Chambers described the footage, which was not shown in court, as “chilling and deeply disturbing”.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said the video was made deliberately for a third party to view and shows Mr Mason’s naked and bloodied body on the ground.
Speaking after the sentencing, Mr Mason’s aunt Sarah Chambers said: “It is not right how two evil [people] can do horrific things and leave a massive hole in our lives that will never be filled again.
“Seven months on and there’s never going to be a day in our lives that we are going to get closure.”