Leicester

New video prompts Abbey Park beating murder admission

Brendan Mason Image copyright Leicestershire Police
Image caption Brendan Mason was found naked and dying the morning after the attack

A man has admitted murder part way through his trial after being confronted with new video evidence.

Keith Lowe, 22, had originally denied the attack, in which Brendan Mason, 23, suffered 99 injuries, in Abbey Park, Leicester, in July 2016.

But just days into the trial at Leicester Crown Court, footage emerged of Lowe landing blows on Mr Mason.

Joshua Hack, 21, admitted murder at an earlier hearing. Both will be sentenced on 20 February.

Image caption Police said Brendan Mason had been subjected to a "vicious, sustained attack" by people he considered friends

The court heard Hack, of St Helen's Drive, Leicester and Lowe, of Rockingham Close, Leicester, apparently lured Mr Mason to the park in the early hours of 5 July.

Police said careful examination of phone records showed messages and calls organising the attack.

Officers also confirmed the trial had been stopped when new footage was traced to cloud storage showing Lowe taking a direct part in the beating.

This was presented to the defendant who then changed his plea.

Det Chf Insp Mick Graham, who led the investigation, said: "Brendan was known to the defendants and considered them as friends, and they lured him to the park with the full intention of hurting him.

"Brendan was subjected to a vicious, sustained attack which was filmed by his attackers on their phones. He was left naked and alone in the park having been brutally beaten."

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