Martial arts thug, 38, convicted of murdering amputee grandfather

Daniel Sharples, pictured, was convicted of the murder of Michael Mairs, 53, who was an amputee following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court. The 38-year-old told police

A martial arts thug who killed a grandfather in a wheelchair then advised police ‘I am glad I did it’ was at the moment discovered responsible of homicide. 

Daniel Sharples subjected susceptible amputee Michael Mairs to a ‘vicious’ assault beneath a railway bridge.

He tipped the 53-year-old out of his wheelchair throughout a ‘brutal assault’, from which the defenceless sufferer died three weeks later.

Daniel Sharples, pictured, was convicted of the murder of Michael Mairs, 53, who was an amputee following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court. The 38-year-old told police 'I'm glad I did it and I'll do it again'

Daniel Sharples, pictured, was convicted of the homicide of Michael Mairs, 53, who was an amputee following a trial at Liverpool Crown Courtroom. The 38-year-old advised police ‘I am glad I did it and I will do it once more’

Sharples had ordered pints of lager, pancakes and Sambuca photographs for breakfast in two pubs beforehand.

When the 38-year-old was arrested after the killing, officers advised him that severely injured Mr Mairs had been rushed to hospital.

However he advised police: ‘The man within the wheelchair…the one who offered my son smack. Nicely I am by no means gonna go in opposition to that.

‘I am glad I did it and I will do it once more.

‘He is f****** almost killed my 15-year-old son, he is in a coma and youse have finished nothing.’

A trial heard his teenage son gave a press release, saying he had by no means taken medicine and did not know and had by no means met Mr Mair.

The daddy additionally alleged Mr Mair provided spice to his son, however neither the teenager, nor Sharples’ step-son, stated that they had ever taken it.

Sharples admitted manslaughter, however denied homicide, in relation to the assault in Warrington city centre on the afternoon of October 6 final yr.

He determined to not take the stand and provided no proof in his defence, which rested solely on his barrister’s closing speech.

Jurors took 10 hours of deliberation to unanimously discover him responsible of homicide, after a seven-day trial at Liverpool Crown Courtroom.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the victim, Michael Mairs, pictured, suffered from poor health, including chronic alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver and deep vein thrombosis, which led to the partial amputation of his left leg

Liverpool Crown Courtroom heard the sufferer, Michael Mairs, pictured, suffered from poor well being, together with continual alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver and deep vein thrombosis, which led to the partial amputation of his left leg

Mr Mairs was a ‘a lot liked’ father to his son and daughter, and had a younger granddaughter, however suffered from poor well being, together with continual alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver and deep vein thrombosis, which led to the partial amputation of his left leg.

Through the trial, Richard Pratt, QC, prosecuting, stated his attacker had ‘undoubted prowess and talent’ in martial arts.

The jury watched movies that Sharples had posted on Fb, which confirmed him launching excessive kicks at targets.

One girl, who noticed Sharples kick Mr Mairs to the face, described it as a ‘spherical kick, the sort a martial artist may use’.

A bus driver stated Sharples punched Mr Mairs within the face whereas the sufferer was in his wheelchair, then kicked him to his head as he lay unconscious on the bottom.

One other witness stated: ‘It was like one thing from a movie, like a karate kick, it seemed onerous and quick.

‘The attacker’s leg went fairly excessive to kick him within the face.

Sharples will return to Liverpool Crown Court on October 27 for sentencing

Sharples will return to Liverpool Crown Courtroom on October 27 for sentencing 

‘I believe the power of the kick despatched the wheelchair flying backwards with the person in it.’

The girl stated Sharples tipped his sufferer out of the chair earlier than kicking him once more, as onlookers gasped in terror.

When one witness tried to influence him to cease and stated police had been coming, he replied: ‘I do not give a f***, he is been promoting spice to my 15-year-old-son.’

However after his obvious confession to officers, Sharples appeared to backtrack.

Mr Pratt stated: ‘Slightly later, maybe realising that what he was saying may not be useful, he stated he needed to ‘take it again as a result of I’m drunk now’.’

Sharples stated: ‘I take all of it again. I’ve not touched that man.

Since you should not actually be asking me these things.

I am p***ed up.’

The courtroom heard Sharples, of Grisedale Avenue, Orford, Warrington, was ‘wholly intoxicated on alcohol and valium’ and claimed to recollect nothing in regards to the incident.

Nevertheless, after the assault, he eliminated his jacket and cap, then tried to make a getaway by getting into a pub and climbing over a again wall in a beer backyard, however was arrested in a parking lot.

A barmaid who had served him at 11am stated Sharples ordered a Sambuca shot, together with a pint a beer, to satisfy a minimal £5 spend requirement when paying by card.

Twenty minutes later, he ordered 4 extra photographs, giving two to a different buyer, who he did not seem to know, then requested whether or not he was in a close-by ice cream store.

The barmaid stated Sharples requested if his cell phone had been discovered, regardless of having given it to her to cost, and he or she thought he was on medicine, so stopped serving him.

In his closing speech, Mr Pratt prompt Sharples was responsible of homicide as a result of he forcefully kicked his sufferer within the head in a ‘persistent’ and ‘managed’ assault.

He stated regardless of his ‘intoxication’, there was the ‘presence of thoughts to take away his clothes and alter look and a decided effort to flee’.

Mr Pratt advised the jury: ‘You do not have to depend on what he did, as a result of he advised you. He advised individuals on the time what he was doing, and why he was doing it.

‘Once you have a look at issues that had been finished and stated by the defendant, you could be left in little question in any respect as to his intention.’

Stephen Wooden, QC, defending, stated the jury should not maintain the actual fact

Sharples did not give proof in opposition to him and could not ensure he meant to kill or trigger actually severe hurt – the requirement to convict an individual of homicide.

He stated his shopper did a ‘horrible factor’, however stated there was ‘no less than a nagging doubt as to what he really meant’ given he was ‘clearly intoxicated’.

Mr Wooden stated witnesses described Sharples as a ‘nutcase’, who was ‘frothing on the mouth’, and in a police van he was calm, then out of the blue flipped and banged his head on the door, earlier than he dirty himself and stripped bare in a cell, then punched himself.

He stated: ‘The overwhelming conclusion is that Daniel Sharples was not in management, removed from it.’

Sharples might be sentenced on October 27.

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