FOUR boys who gave evidence in a murder trial were praised by a judge for their “courage” on Tuesday – and awarded £100 each.
In the trial at Caernarfon crown court recently an Abergele man was found guilty of murder and his partner convicted of the manslaughter of Sam Blackledge, 54, who had been felled with a single punch outside a pub.
“There were four young witnesses who were present at the time and saw what had happened,” recalled Judge Merfyn Hughes QC at the crown court yesterday.
“Despite the pressure put on them by both defendants they had the courage to stand up to them by informing the police and making statements as to what had happened on that particular night. Thereafter they gave evidence and despite being challenged the jury accepted their evidence as truthful and accurate.”
The judge added : “That experience of these four young boys must have been very unnerving. They’re to be commended for their courage and resilience and I would be grateful if my remarks could be communicated to the Chief Constable.”
Judge Hughes said that in recognition of their assistance he would direct the High Sheriff of Clwyd to pay them £100 each.