Remorseless teenage killer who helped a friend murder a corrupt father in his own apartment is named for the first time

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The mother of a vulnerable drug addict who was stabbed to death in her own home in a brutal revenge attack has beaten two teenage drug dealers locked up for her murder.

Leigh Smith, 48, was stabbed to death in her own home in Eccles.

Jacob Cookson, 18, and Logan Eaton, 17, were convicted of murder and will serve at least 19 and 17 years respectively.

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Eaton can be identified for the first time, after a judge lifted reporting restrictions previously imposed because of his age.

Smith, known as Leroy to his friends, was stabbed seven times and was found dead hours later by neighbors.

He was a victim of the cuckoo, where criminals seize the houses of vulnerable people for drug trafficking.

Drug dealer Cookson, who was earning £7,000 a week for his part in an organized drug gang that he ran jointly, was out for revenge.

He had previously been hospitalized after being attacked by another man in Mr. Smith’s flat.

Cookson believed that Mr. Smith had organized the attack.

Cookson and Eaton entered their apartment on June 21, when Mr. Smith was stabbed seven times in the legs and buttocks.

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A neighbor found him dead the next morning.

“The sad thing is that he was turning a corner before he met these defendants,” Judge Alan Conrad QC said.

‘My life will never be the same,’ grieving mother tells killers

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Mr Smith was “proud” of the home he had been able to establish in Cook Street, with the help of a housing officer.

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“It’s no secret that my son had made a lot of mistakes, but he was my son,” Smith’s mother, Jackie Roycroft, said in a statement.

“I miss him a lot.

“How do you explain the feelings you have inside when someone you love is murdered?

“To the people responsible for this, why? Why?

“How could you?

“What twisted sense of right and wrong to walk into someone’s house and stab them?

“What gives you the right?

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“How could you leave him there bleeding to death? For what?”

“I was hoping that the end of this trial would bring closure, but I know deep down these feelings will never go away.

“My life will never be the same.”

About five days before the murder, Mr. Smith had been in his apartment with a friend who smoked crack, which Cookson had sold him.

Cookson got into an argument with the man and was ‘violently assaulted’.

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He went to the hospital covered in blood, after being hit on the head with a radio.

Mr. Smith was also attacked on the same day, and a housing worker called the police to express concern for his safety.


He refused to cooperate with the officers, telling them that his visit “is going to get me killed.”

He did not name his attackers, but said “Salford gangsters he had had problems with had access to firearms”.

Defending Cookson, of Langworthy Road, Salford, John Jones QC said the accused did not intend to kill Mr Smith.

For Eaton, Jonathan Sandiford QC said his involvement was “spontaneous” and due to “misplaced loyalty” to others.

Both had no criminal record.

But they admitted to being part of a drug gang, and Cookson is said to be higher up the chain than Eaton.

“None of you have shown the slightest remorse,” Judge Alan Conrad QC said.

Speaking of the murder, the judge added: “I am satisfied that you went there to teach him a lesson, with the intention of doing him some really serious harm.

“Your thoughts were only for yourself as you fled the scene and simply carried your supply of drugs.”

Following today’s sentencing hearing, Alan Pope, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said, “Jacob Cookson and his accomplice took advantage of Leigh Smith’s vulnerabilities by using him and his home to supply drugs, They then carried out the brutal attack that led to his death.” death.

“Neither of them accepted their guilt and Leigh’s family has waited patiently for justice.

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“Nothing can bring Leigh back, but I hope that Leigh’s family can find some comfort in the fact that the criminals have been brought to justice for what they did to Leigh.

“Our thoughts remain with his family at this time.”



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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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