Liam O’Pray Wiki – Liam O’Pray Biography
Liam O’Pray has been convicted of murdering Tyson Fury’s cousin in a bar fight. Liam O’Pray fatally stabbed Rico Burton, a cousin of the world heavyweight boxing champion, outside a bar in Altrincham, Cheshire. The 22-year-old stabbed Burton, 31, with a seven-inch blade after violence broke out between two groups of men in the early hours of August 22 last year. O’Pray had a prior conviction for having a knife in public in 2019, but the defendant lied to the jury: “I’m not a violent person.”Damning security cameras played in court showed a fight broke out between the defendant’s friends and Burton’s family and friends in Goose Green, a pub courtyard. O’Pray had previously been refused entry to a bar and it is alleged that he told a bouncer that he was a professional boxer and that he would come back and “cause him trouble”, which he denied. Gate staff and witnesses described the defendant as a “loose cannon” and “very erratic.”Just after 3 am, a witness told the court that “absolute chaos” broke out when O’Prey’s friend, Malachi Hewitt-Brown, was beaten by Mr. Burton’s cousin, Chasiah Burton.
Liam O’Pray is 22 years old.
Found guilty of murdering Tyson Fury’s cousin when he stabbed him in the neck in brawl
Mr. Burton also aimed a punch at Mr. Hewitt-Brown.A second later, O’Pray delivered the fatal knife blow to the left side of Rico Burton’s neck, the court heard. Michael Brady KC, in the prosecution, asked the defendant: ‘Did you take the knife out of his pocket and expose the blade before he threw a punch? ‘Did you tell someone? Did you say: ‘I have a knife, go away’? Did you shake it? O’Pray said: ‘They were all in my face. I didn’t say a word. I was surrounded by them. I just reacted. Brady added: “This is normal for you, to go out drinking, to be violent.” The prosecutor suggested that O’Pray “almost always carried a knife.” But O’Pray told jury a month before the fatal incident that he had been left covered, ‘from head to toe’ in blood, kicked and stabbed in the hand in a fight after his £500 hat was taken from him. The defendant said that he bought the knife because he was ‘concerned’ after the July incident and to ‘defend me’ since he had been beaten up.
He also said that he had used the knife as a tool in his work as a gardener. O’Pray, from Swinton, Salford, was found guilty of murder by a jury of seven women and five men after three and a half hours of deliberations following a three-week trial. Burton’s relatives who packed the public gallery shouted “yes” as the guilty verdict was delivered. O’Pray on the bench did not react. He was also found guilty of wounding with intent to slash and stab Harvey Reilly, 17 at the time and now 18, during the same incident in the early hours of Sunday, August 22 last year.The trial was said to have started after a fight between the defendant’s friends and Burton’s family and friends at Goose Green, a pub yard in Altrincham, Cheshire. Judge Alan Conrad KC said he will hand down sentence on August 4, although the defendant faces a mandatory life sentence for murder.