A group of teens bragged to their friends that they were ‘on the run for murder’ after beating a fisherman to death in Surrey.
Scott Wilkinson, 48, was battered to death with a plank of wood by brothers Lenny and Shane Crawt, aged 16 and 17 at the time, and their then 21-year-old cousin Charlie Smith.
The Crawt brothers, now 18 and 19, were found guilty of murder and Smith, 24, was found guilty of manslaughter at Guildford Crown Court on March 7.
The 48-year-old was murdered during a nighttime fishing expedition on Donkey Island, near his home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in July, 2016.
He suffered fatal brain injuries when the three young men brutally assaulted him with a piece of wood.
The jury heard how the Crawt brothers and their cousin Smith had been camping on the island.
They fled to nearby Grovelands Park after the incident and met a gang of youths they knew.
According to Surrey Police, one of the three said: “I wouldn’t say anything if I was you because we killed someone tonight”.
Smith told an old school friend that he was on the run ‘for murder’.
Detective Inspector Paddy Mayers, who led the investigation, said: “This was a vicious and senseless attack on Scott Wilkinson who after the attack was left alone to die.
“His injuries were so serious that they were not survivable.
“Shane Crawt, Lenny Crawt and Charlie Smith thought they had got away with it and even boasted about what they had done.
“They then denied their involvement before blaming each other, putting Scott’s family through a distressing trial where they had to listen to graphic detail to what Scott had gone through.”
DI Mayers said the trio had never shown any remorse for what they have done.
After the verdict, Scott’s family shared a heart-wrenching tribute. They said: “We have such fond memories of Scott which include him misbehaving with his brother Shaun when they were children much to the consternation of his mother Janet and humorous delight of his father David.
“Fishing was a family hobby which brought us all together. It created shared experiences during long summer holidays, adventurous trips to Ireland with long drawn out tales of the one that got away.
“The energy and enthusiasm which Scott directed towards fishing was reflective of his character towards people.
“He offered friendship, kindness and closeness to those that wanted or needed it.
“He enriched the lives of the people who knew him.”
Shane Crawt, from Purley, Lenny, from West Molesey, and Charlie Smith, of no fixed abode will be sentenced at the same court at a later date.