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Teens stabbed man by canal then went back to film police who found his body
Scott Anderton was lured down by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal where he was stabbed more than 30 times (Pictures: MEN Media)

Three teenagers who lured a ‘vulnerable’ stranger down to a canal where they stabbed him more than 30 times went back hours later to film police after they had just found his body.

Scott Anderton, 33, was subjected to a ‘horrific and violent’ attack after being targeted by Liam Bailey, 18, and two other boys – referred to as Boy A, 17, and Boy B, 16 – by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal early on March 25.

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He was found to have suffered 35 separate knife wounds, including chop and stab blows, covering his entire body from the top of his head down to his shins.

Manchester Crown Court heard the nature of some indicated he had tried to protect himself by raising his hands, arms, and legs, and were ‘equally consistent with blows being delivered to prevent him getting out of the canal’.

Michael Brady QC, prosecuting, said Mr Anderton, who he described as being ‘vulnerable and alone’, had the ‘tragic misfortune’ to run into the youths at around 4am.

CCTV footage went on to show Mr Anderton and his killers at the entrance to the canal on King Street, with ripples in the water at 4.30am suggesting that was the time he entered the canal.

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The cause of death given was multiple sharp force injuries with blunt force trauma to the head and terminal drowning.

Three teenagers have been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in a canal. Scott Anderton, 33, was found dead in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on Thursday morning [March 25]. Caption: Scott Anderson, 33, who was found dead in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near King Street in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on 25 March 2021
Scott Anderton was subjected to a ‘horrific and violent’ attack (Picture: MEN Media)

Bailey, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to murder, while the other two teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went on trial for the same offence.

The 16-year-old was convicted of murder and the 17-year-old was acquitted but found guilty of manslaughter.

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All three were cleared of robbing Mr Anderton.

The court heard the trio later returned to the scene of the attack twice that same morning.

During the second visit, not long after their victim’s body was found floating on the water’s surface, they recorded videos of the police carrying out their investigations.

In one clip found on Bailey’s phone, Boy A can be heard saying ‘hot in Leigh town’ as the camera shows police vehicles parked up by the canal.

Another found on Boy A’s phone was decorated with clouds and a rainbow and captioned: ‘Good vibes.’

Three teenagers have been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in a canal. Scott Anderton, 33, was found dead in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on Thursday morning [March 25]. Caption: Police at the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on 26 March 2021, where a man's body was found the previous morning
The youths went back and filmed police after their victim’s body was found (Picture: MEN Media)

The three youths were arrested the next day, in the early hours of March 26.

Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson said: ‘I am pleased that a jury have been able to reach a verdict following these horrendous crimes and I commend Scott’s family for their courage and strength throughout what has been a lengthy and painful trial.

‘This was a horrific and violent assault and we have been committed throughout this investigation to ensuring those responsible were held accountable for their heinous actions.

‘These males now await what I suspect to be a lengthy custodial sentence and although sadly we are unable to reunite Scott with his loved ones, I hope today they feel a sense of justice being served.’

Bailey was also found guilty of attempting to rob a young man in the hours before Mr Anderton’s murder.

He had also admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 40-year-man who suffered life-changing injuries from a late-night attack near Leigh town centre on September 1 last year.

The 17-year-old defendant was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm in relation to the September 1 incident.

Sentencing will take place on November 12.

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