Daniel Ransom, Ross Collender and Jordon Dixon sentenced to life for the murder of Ben Gardner in London, England

Today, Friday 15 October three men have been sentenced to life at the Old Bailey for the murder of a man on Halloween night in 2009.

Following a dispute over a fancy dress Halloween hat in the early hours of 1 November 2009, Ben Gardner, aged 30, was punched and kicked in the head, causing such severe injuries that he never regained consciousness. He died later that day in intensive care at St Helier Hospital.

Today Jordon Dixon, aged 18, unemployed from Carshalton, Daniel Ransom, aged 21, unemployed, of Blake Close, Carshalton and Ross Collender, aged 21, unemployed, of Wigmore Road, Carshalton, have been sentenced to life for the murder.

The judge stated that Ransom and Collender are to serve a minimum of 16 years and Dixon to serve 14 years.

Detective Inspector Bob Campany, from Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: "The police have worked hard recently to educate the general public about the principal of joint enterprise and the message seems to be getting through. The jury in this case clearly understood this. The investigation team are satisfied with today’s sentence and I hope that it offers some comfort to the family

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