St Helens “torture gang” jailed for 101 years

Clockwise top left: Jamie Hayes, Mark Platt, John Tuffy and Daniel Jones
Clockwise top left: Jamie Hayes, Mark Platt, John Tuffy and Daniel Jones

A St Helens “torture gang” who subjected two men to a horrific torrent of beatings have been jailed for a total of 101 years.

David Llewellyn, 29, John Tuffy, 28, Daniel Jones, 26,and Mark Platt, 30, all from Thatto Heath, were told by a judge he had considered passing a life term on all four men.

However, he instead handed down 22 years each and a 13-year term to Jamie Hayes, 30, who is also from St Helens.

Hayes had pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary while the four others admitted aggravated burglary and wounding with intent.

The court had earlier heard how the gang attacked taxi firm boss Chris Davidson and his friend Neil Collingham at their home near Hull on March 3.

Sentencing the men, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said the case was one of the worst he had ever seen and he had considered passing a life sentence.

Judge Richardson said: "Over a period of about one hour and a quarter you executed a chilling campaign of calculated mental and physical torture upon two innocent men in their own home.

"This form of crime demands punishment of a very high order."