Teenagers lured man to canal towpath and killed him

Published: Wednesday, 13 October 2021

THREE teenagers lured a man to the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Leigh then pushed him into the canal.

As 33 years old Scott Anderton attempted to climb out of the canal the teenagers subjected him to an act of sustained violence, rained blows and repeatedly stabbed their victim until he slid back into the water unconscious, Keith Gudgin reports.

Complete stranger

It was discovered he had suffer 35 stab wounds, yet the most astonishing thing was that the man was a complete stranger to the teenagers, that simply picked on him to kill on the 25th March, finding him wandering around the town wearing just one shoe and led him to the canal towpath.

The trio returned to the scene of the killing on two separate occasions that morning and during their second visit stood by filming the police as they carried out their investigation then pulled the body from the canal.

Arrested shortly after

This was their downfall as they were arrested shortly after.

Liam Bailey, 18, and a 16 years old boy face life sentences after being convicted of murdering Scott Anderton. A 17 years old boy was cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter.  The latter two cannot by named for legal reasons.  The three will be sentenced on the 12th November.