Neutral Citation No:  NICA 52
Judgment: approved by the Court for handing down
(subject to editorial corrections)*
MORGAN LCJ (giving the judgment of the court)
" On 23 December 2014 William Turner, now aged 37 and his younger brother, James Turner now aged 30, had been consuming large quantities of alcohol and cocaine. They then visited a local bar, the King Richard. Whilst there, Gareth Grattan and a friend went to this bar at about 10pm. Gareth Grattan was asked about playing a game of doubles with two men who were already in the bar playing pool. They started to play. Gareth Grattan was then attacked by William Turner and Mr Grattan ended up on his back on the ground. William Turner then jumped on him and gouged his eye. At some stage William Turner was pulled off his victim. Gareth Grattan was brought eventually to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he had major surgery on his eye.
 Mr Grattan who was aged 39 at the time of this vicious attack has been left blind in his left eye. He also sustained cuts and bruises over the rest of his face, neck and legs. One of the doctors who examined the injured party reports that he is now totally blind in his left eye with no prospect of recovery. The eye is shrunken. He has constant discomfort and has difficulty wearing a cosmetic shell to cover the damaged eye. He may require further treatment. The consequences of this attack for Mr Grattan have obviously been profound and life changing.
 Following this attack the Turners left the King Richard Bar and visited a cousin's house where more alcohol and drugs were consumed. They then left their cousin's house and made their way to the home of Matthew Goddard at 18 Chobham Street, which was about five minutes walk.
 William Turner claims that at this stage he had intended to challenge Mr Goddard about an alleged derogatory comment made by the deceased about William Turner's younger brother, James. William Turner told police that he wanted to go around and give Matt a good slap. During interview with the police he said he also wanted to humiliate him and he admitted that he was intent on violence. After they had secured entry to Matthew Goddard's house, William Turner and James Turner subjected the victim to a sustained, merciless and brutal attack, using fists, feet and smashing an electric guitar over his head with such ferocity that it smashed into pieces.
 I am satisfied that the Turner brothers took turns to stamp on Mr Goddard's head whilst he lay at the bottom of the stairs. The forensic evidence indicates that William Turner's footprint was on the victim's head and that considerable leverage was used by the attacker who in stamping on the victim's head at the staircase subsequently dislodged the bannister.
 Mr Jason Bennett, Forensic Scientist, examined the extensive blood staining in Mr Goddard's premises and concluded that the deceased had been attacked in the living room, ending up on the floor close to the radiator. He then made his way towards the kitchen, making contact with the wall opposite the radiator. This contact was with a heavily blood stained item and suggests that Mr Goddard may have been crawling or had fallen on to the floor. He was then once again assaulted at the foot of the stairs where his body was subsequently found.
 The pre-sentence report notes that when challenged William Turner could provide no rational explanation why he engaged in such a brutal and sustained attack upon the victim or why he failed to request medical assistance for the victim whom he stated was still alive when he left Mr Goddard's home. The defendant left the victim lying in a pool of blood and proceeded with James Turner and Christian Walker to go home and consume yet more alcohol and drugs. William Turner then disposed of evidence by burning most of the clothing and shoes worn during the murder.
 Although the murder occurred on 23 December 2014 the body of the deceased was not found until the evening of the following day, shortly after 9pm, when a concerned friend, Mr Carson, looked through the letter box and saw a body lying on its back at the bottom of the stairs. The pathologist found the cause of death to be blunt force trauma of the head and neck compression. He found extensive injuries, including extensive fracturing of the bones of the nose and the left side of the face. These injuries indicated multiple forceful blows such as punches, kicks or blows from a blunt weapon or a combination of these mechanisms. There was extensive bruising and some of the bruises had well defined linear components indicating impacts with a patterned surface suggesting the sole of footwear and indicating stamping on the face and head."
Circumstances of William Turner
Circumstances of James Turner
Victim impact report
Judge's sentencing remarks
Reduction in tariff for guilty plea