Brothers jailed for ‘cowardly assault’ on vulnerable man in dispute over mobility scooter

After the murder, the brothers, with the older one, a father of two, turned on each other and tried to blame the younger one – but both were jailed for nine years for their involvement in the horrific crime

Kyle Martin, 22 (left) and Gareth Leach, 28 (right) have been found guilty of manslaughter
Kyle Martin, 22 (left) and Gareth Leach, 28 (right) have been found guilty of manslaughter

Two vile brothers who back-to-back hit a vulnerable disabled man over a stolen mobility scooter have been jailed.

Gareth Leach, 28, and his half-brother Kyle Martin, 22, were jailed for nine years for the killing of Dean Williamson while he was waiting on his mother’s doorstep on October 5 last year for her return.

Both were acquitted of the murder after a trial last month, but admitted manslaughter.

Martin pleaded guilty at a pretrial hearing and Leach did the same in court.

Sheffield Crown Court heard on Monday that Mr Williamson – who was suffering from lung problems – was attacked outside his Parkgate home after he stole a mobility scooter belonging to Sara Martin, the mother of the two brothers, reports live in yorkshire

Prosecutor Peter Heath Glenser QC told the court that Mr Williamson was seen on CCTV on September 29 taking Sara Martin’s mobility scooter.

On October 5, Leach was on his way to build a secure unit for the scooter when he saw Mr Williamson, 45, waiting outside his home for his own mother.

Dean Williamson, a vulnerable man, died on the day of the attack

The couple chatted and Leach left to continue the task of creating a safer place for a scooter.

He was later joined by Martin of Selwyn Street, Rotherham, who attacked Mr Williamson.

Leach, from Mexborough, followed, raining stamps on Mr Williamson, who had already been attacked by Martin and was lying on the ground.

Mr. Williamson’s head was “slammed” against a wall and he was kicked in the body and head with a “shoe foot”.

Mr Heath Glenser said: “The confrontation lasted a few seconds.

“The Crown says both men seriously assaulted Dean Williamsopn and he died as a result of his injuries.”

Mr Williamson was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital where he died later that day.

Leach – a father of two – was interviewed on October 6 and provided a prepared statement saying Martin was the person responsible.

His mother, Sara Martin, was also questioned as a witness and presented an account supporting Leach’s testimony.

However, a search for Leach’s white Picasso turned up dashcam footage of him pleading with his mother to back up his account.

In the footage, he could be heard saying, “I just killed him. me and kyle

Sara Martin, the mother of the two brothers, admitted to having reversed the course of justice



“We left him with broken ribs. I had to pull Kyle off him before he killed him.

“I threatened him and Kyle came over and said, ‘Where is he?’

“He left and cried out, ‘I don’t know what came over me… killed him. I had to get Kyle down, I thought he was going to kill him, literally kill him.

“I didn’t put my fists on him so there’s no evidence … told me he bought it from someone. I said, ‘I put you on CCTV.’

“I told you, didn’t I, I told you. I knew leaving today was a bad idea.”

In another conversation between the two, which took place after cell phone analysis revealed Ms Martin had called her younger son, Leach can be heard: “Tell them it’s Kyle, not me. I have children, mother.

“I will lose my children, I will lose everything. You have to tell Kyle not to mention me.”

Sara Martin was sentenced to 18 months in prison with two years probation for perverting the law.

In an interview with police after the footage was discovered, Leach exercised his right to remain silent.

Kyle Martin was arrested on October 7 and remained silent during his interview, but had previously made remarks to a police officer about being responsible for the violence and death of Mr Williamson.

Mr Heath Glenser told the court Leach had no criminal record and Martin had three of five offenses – with just one public order offense committed as an adult.

In a mitigating way for Martin, Francis Victor Burg-Edusei told the court he had acknowledged his guilt and responsibility for his part of the crime “right from the start and right up to the Crown Court”.

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He added that Martin has turned his life around in the last two years and is not committing any more offenses as of October 5.

For Leach, Abdul Shafaq Iqbal QC said he suffers from depression and anxiety which previously led to a serious attempt on his own life.

He said that prior to Mr Williamson’s killing there had been “no activity on the part of Gareth Leach to take revenge on anyone” for the theft of the mobility scooter and in speaking to Mr Williamson on October 5 there was “no to saying it or to warn against it and it resulted in no physical interaction between the two.”

The court was told that as half-brothers, Leach and Martin “were not particularly close” and “didn’t even seem to have each other’s numbers on their phones.”

Mr Iqbal added: “Gareth Leach would like to apologize to the family of the victim.

“He told the author of his prejudice report that he understands the impact on them is immeasurable and he wishes to apologize.

“He appreciates serving a period of incarceration and the impact it has had on his mother, partner and two children [that will have.]”

In a mitigating case for Sara Martin, Ian Herbert West told the court she acted “out of sympathy for her grandchildren – Gareth Leach’s children”.

Convicting all three, the Honorable Mr Justice Robin Knowles told the CBE: “This is a depressing case that is not without its complexities.

“The foolish theft of a disabled scooter by a disabled man from a disabled woman led to a cowardly attack on the deceased by two able-bodied men.

“It was started by Kyle Martin and Gareth Leach came along.

“The vulnerability [of Mr Williamson] was known to both attackers, but not his vulnerability to disease.

“Although Gareth Leach did not launch the attack, the victim was already in poor condition when he joined him.”

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