A 14-year-old boy and four men have been found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old Michael Toohey in a Liverpool internet cafe in April 2022. Mr Toohey was violently beaten to death.
Merseyside police responded to a report of a serious assault at an internet cafe on London Road, Liverpool, on April 16, 2022, where they found 18-year-old Michael Toohey unresponsive.
Mr Toohey was rushed to hospital by paramedics where he was sadly pronounced dead.
On Friday afternoon, Anthony Williams, Keiron Williams, Michael Williams, and Steven McInerney were found guilty of murder.
Today, a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also convicted of murder following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
The jury found a further three defendants not guilty of murder.
All five killers are due to be sentenced at a later date.
Jurors heard how Mr Toohey had exited a bus on London Road just before 5.30pm on Saturday, April 16, 2022, and met up with two friends. The prosecution described how the 14-year-old boy spotted the victim.
The boy then called Michael Williams, 25, and informed him of Mr Toohey's presence. Michael then phoned his brother, Anthony Williams, 32, who called his other brother, 28-year-old Keiron Williams.
The latter then drove to the scene and chased the victim across Monument Place, Mr Toohey initially fled on a bicycle before running into Mobiles Junction and Internet Cafe. He jumped over the counter and ran into the staff room in an attempt to "hide, seek refuge or escape".
Michael Williams also drove himself and four others to the scene in a silver Ford Tourneo, with several other males arriving on bikes.
The 14-year-old boy, who the prosecution described as being "instrumental" to the murder, also entered the store before Mr Toohey was subjected to a "quick but deadly attack". He was viciously kicked and stamped to death.
Speaking after the convictions, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen McGrath said: "This was a truly shocking and brutal assault which led to the tragic and senseless death of a young, Michael Toohey, who was about to become a father.
"The tragic assault of that day which led to his death is abhorrent. Michael had not long arrived in the city centre to meet friends when he was tracked down and fatally assaulted.
"Nobody can begin to understand the impact and the circumstances of his sudden death has had on his family and friends.
"Nothing can bring Michael back, but I hope that this conviction of Kieran Williams, Anthony Williams, Michael Williams, Steven McInerney, and the 14-year-old male will give Michael's family a sense of justice."