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Liverpool fan George Bala Lloyd-Evans killed by brothers in 'merciless' attack

Ramal Edwards and Kieran Perry Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Ramal Edwards and Kieran Perry will be sentenced on 17 December

A pair of brothers have been found guilty of the "merciless" revenge killing of a Liverpool fan shortly after the club's Champions League win.

Father-of-two George Bala Lloyd-Evans, 33, also known as Bala Evans O'Rourke, was stabbed in the chest in Back Colquitt Street in the city on 2 June.

Ramal Edwards, 19, was found guilty of murder while Kieran Perry, 25, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court.

They will be sentenced on 17 December.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Perry, of Wendell Street, Toxteth and Edwards, of Emerson Street, Toxteth worked together to kill Mr Lloyd Evan in a fight.

A spokesman said Perry held Mr Lloyd-Evans while Edwards lunged at him with a knife at around 03:00 BST.

He said the brothers had a row with someone in Mr Lloyd-Evans' group and the killing was "linked to a previous incident in April, when the defendants' younger brother was stabbed in Toxteth".

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Image caption Police found the knife the pair used after Edwards was seen throwing it away

Police officers chased the two men as they ran off after the attack and Edwards was seen throwing away the knife in nearby Cornwallis Street.

Mr Lloyd-Evans was taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, but he died later from his injuries.

Edwards was arrested on Cornwallis Street, while Perry was arrested shortly afterwards at the hospital.

The CPS's Keith Drummond said the pair "mercilessly took away the life of a man within a matter of seconds... as the city of Liverpool was being painted red by Liverpool FC fans".

"Knife crime has brought tragedy to our streets yet again," he added.

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