Teen jailed for Crewe murder

Oliver Dabbs

A teenager has been jailed for life for the murder of a man in Crewe.

19-year-old Oliver Dabbs, of Wood Street, was found guilty of killing 51-year-old Stephen O’Brien (pictured below) yesterday, following a two week trial.

Stephen's body was found in a service road off Edleston Road on 31 August 2016.

He died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest which penetrated his heart, but had also suffered a fractured eye socket, voice box and cheekbone.

Police quickly identified Dabbs as a suspect in the case, with searches taking place throughout the night and into the early hours, before he was located and arrested on suspicion of murder.

During the investigation officers spoke to numerous witnesses, analysed mobile phone data and viewed hours of CCTV footage. A file of evidence was presented to the Crown Prosecution Service who agreed that there was sufficient evidence to charge Dabbs with murder.

Detective Inspector Helena Banusic, who was in charge of the case, said: “Sadly we may never know the reasons behind Dabbs’ appalling actions on that day.

"This has been a complex investigation and I would like to thank all those who were involved in the case. I would also like to express my deepest sympathy to Stephen’s family who have been deeply affected by his death.

“Throughout this trial they have acted with dignity and patience, and I hope that Dabbs’ conviction will provide some closure for them.”

Chief Inspector Paul Beauchamp, of Crewe Local Policing Unit, said: Stephen’s death has had a major impact on the local community, and I would like to thank local people for all of the support that they have provided throughout this investigation.”

The jury were unable to reach a verdict on a second man who was on trial in relation to Stephens’s death; he will now face a retrial in September 2017.


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