First beaten kicked, trampled and thrown off the balcony, then stripped and washed with the bleach to cover up the traces of the murder. This is what four boys did to a 24-year-old of the same age Bill Henham killed during a New Year’s party a Brighton in England. A murder for which Dushane Meikle, 28, Gregory Hawley, 29, Lamech Gordon-Carew, 20, and Alize Spence, 19, have now been sentenced to life in prison. They had all denied killing Bill.
Some residents had discovered Bill’s body on January 2, 2020. The autopsy then triggered the murder investigation. Examinations made it clear that the boy had been beaten even when he was already unconscious and had sustained multiple injuries including cerebral hemorrhage, eleven rib fractures, extensive cuts and bruises to the scalp, face and neck. Investigators from the Sussex and Surrey Major Crime Team ransacked the building, seizing hundreds of artifacts and viewing hours of surveillance camera footage. Thus managing to identify the witnesses and who had participated in the New Year’s party.
According to what was reconstructed, Bill, a student at Ravensbourne University in London, had spent Christmas with his family in Henfield but wanted to celebrate the New Year in Brighton where he was accompanied by his father on the evening of December 31st. Images in the area then showed Bill leaving a waterfront nightclub. The last sighting at 4:30 am in front of a convenience store near the building where he was found dead. Bill was reportedly killed shortly after arriving at the party in what investigators called “a prolonged and significant assault.” The killers then washed the young victim’s body and tried to erase the traces of blood present in several places in the building. A sign that the 24-year-old had been beaten several times and dragged to the balcony.
The Police, as revealed by The Sun, therefore traced back to 4 men and a minor all arrested based on the testimonies. One of the adults, Hawley, allegedly joked about the assault, also confessing that he stripped Bill’s body and doused it with bleach before throwing him off the balcony. Meikle, on the other hand, had two photos (later deleted) of Bill’s body on his cellphone. The suspects were later released to allow investigators to find more overwhelming evidence. And so it was. After 16 months of investigation, three of the four men and the youngest, now 18, were charged with the brutal murder of Bill Henham last summer. It has not yet been clarified why the young student was massacred.
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