Hereford & Worcester

Two jailed for killing boy, 17, beaten with wooden pole

Daren Loader
Image caption Daren Loader died in hospital after the attack near his home

Two men have been jailed for killing a teenager who was beaten with a wooden pole in Herefordshire.

Andrej Mackevic, of no fixed abode, was convicted of the manslaughter of Daren Loader earlier this month after after a second trial.

The 29-year-old was jailed for 10 years at Worcester Crown Court on Monday.

Virunas Kalasnikovas, 25, who admitted murder, was jailed for life for attacking Daren with the pole in March 2009 as part of a revenge attack.

The court heard Daren was attacked after Mackevic had earlier been assaulted by the teenage boy's acquaintances.

The 17-year-old died in hospital after the attack near his home in Whitecross Road, Hereford.

Mackevic, a Lithuanian, was also convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The judge ordered Kalasnikovas to serve a minimum of 15 years.

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