Sam Cook's killer sentenced to life

Murder victim Sam Cook was murdered while out celebrating his 21st birthday
Murder victim Sam Cook was murdered while out celebrating his 21st birthday

A man has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 28 years in prison, for the murder of Sam Cook.

Carl Madigan 22, from Adam Close in Garston was found guilty of murder at Liverpool Crown Court today (Friday).

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Shortly before midnight on Saturday, October 21, a call was received of 21-year-old Sam Cook from Crosby having received a stab wound to his abdomen at the Empire Bar on Seel Street. Sam was taken to hospital and was sadly pronounced deceased at 1.23am.

Sam had been enjoying a night out with friends and family to celebrate his recent 21st birthday, including a meal at Alma de Cuba and continuing to the Empire Bar.

Following extensive appeals, Madigan was circulated wanted in connection with the offence and was arrested in December. Madigan was charged with murder and possession of a knife in a public place and was remanded in custody for trial.

Det Chief Inspector Mark Tivendale said: "We welcome the conviction and sentence today of Carl Madigan for the brutal murder of Sam Cook. Madigan chose to carry a knife into Liverpool City Centre and did so with the full intention of using it. Following a minor argument, and while Sam was being attacked by others, he struck a singular, cowardly forcible and violent blow to Sam's chest. Sam didn't stand a chance and despite the very best efforts of the emergency services, sadly died.

"It is clear from the evidence heard in court that Madigan is dangerous individual, embroiled in a culture of violence that would have been completely alien to Sam and he will now spend a significant period of time in prison for the senseless murder.

"Sam had only just turned 21, was celebrating his birthday and had his whole life ahead of him. We know there are no words which can bring Sam back, nor repair the devastation which this caused to Sam's family, his friends and all who knew him. I want to show our gratitude to them all for their dignity, strength and courage in supporting each step of this process, which has been heart-breaking for everyone involved.

"Today's sentence does however bring this part of the process to an end, and hopefully aids Sam's family and friends recovery in some way.

"Our commitment to tackling knife crime is absolute, and this case sadly highlights the very worst consequences of going out armed with deadly weapons.

"The communities of Merseyside stand alongside us in our pledge to do everything in our powers to educate and warn people, and eradicate this culture amongst criminals. Our parents, carers, schools, partners, colleges, youth clubs and sports clubs all have a part to play in spreading the message before we see another needless loss of life on our streets."