Three sentenced to minimum of 57 years for murder of Luke Harwood in Woodford Green
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A trio convicted of the brutal murder of teenager Luke Harwood in Woodford Green have today been caged for a minimum of 57 years.
“Psychopath” James Danby, the ringleader, was told he must serve 25 years before being considered for parole.
His accomplices, Emma Hall, 21, will serve a minimum of 15 years, and her boyfriend Tony O’Toole, 30, was jailed for a minimum of 17 years at the Old Bailey heard.
Hall instigated the attack on Luke, 18, before she drove the victim to a stream by Broadmead Road, where he was killed by Danby and O’Toole.
Hall went to a phone box and rang police when Danby said he wanted to return to the body to disfigure it.
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Judge Paul Worsley told her: “You played your part in taking Luke Harwood from the house to be killed and were due to return to the scene the following night in order to mutilate the body.
“I bear in mind your good character and the fact you alone had the courage to call the police, which led to the arrest of all of you, though you down-played your role.”
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Hall was also convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice, but cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Danby was also convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
He refused to leave his cell.
The judge said: “James Danby is a controlling, manipulative and dangerous individual who manipulated others in the dock to support him in these dreadful events.”
Billy Duggan, 21, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice and conspiring to pervert the course of justice, was handed a two-year jail term, suspended for two years.