Father murderers jailed for life

Two murderers who stabbed a dad-of-three to death outside of his home in Didcot have been imprisoned for life.

Killers, Brookton Lagan and Taison Cyrille, showed no remorse when they were sentenced to at least 19 years in prison for the murder of Darren MacCormick.

It is believed that the triple stabbing that lead to Mr MacCormick's death was linked to an ensuing 'drugs debt' between Lagan and a friend of Mr MacCormick.

Brookton Lagan and Taison Cyrille have been imprisoned for at least 19 years for the murder of Darren MacCormick

Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle QC slammed the 'scourge' of knife crime which he said had led to a 'desperate and unceasing waste of human life.'

He also paid tribute to the family of the victim, saying: "their lives have forever changed and the grief is overwhelming".

Brookton Lagan, 19, of Robin Way, Didcot, and Taison Cyrille, 19, of Market End Way, Bicester were last week convicted of the killing whilst also being found guilty of wounding with intent upon two men and Cyrille on conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The pair had denied the murder of Mr MacCormick and went to trial at Oxford Crown Court.

Judge Ian Pringle QC blasted what he called the 'scourge' of knife crime, after it was found that a 10cm deep wound to Mr MacCormick's chest was the fatal blow

He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but was pronounced dead shortly after.

Following the sentencing, senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik, of the Major Crime Unit, heaped praise upon the family of the victim.

He said: He said: “I hope that following the life sentences of Brookton Lagan and Taison Cyrille, the family and close friends of Darren MacCormick can now begin to move on from this terrible ordeal that has spanned almost twelve months.

“They bravely sat through eight weeks of court proceedings, and had to endure reliving in detail the circumstances of Mr MacCormick’s death, as well as having to patiently wait for this case to get to crown court during the current global pandemic.

“No conviction or sentence that was passed down in court can ultimately heal the pain of losing a loved one in such needless circumstances, but I do hope that now the case has concluded it can provide the family with some consolation that proceedings are now over and they can begin to slowly move on."

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