Nine of the ten teenagers who were found guilty of killing Jack Woodley will appeal their sentences. In Houghton-le-Spring, England, in October of last year, a group of teenage thugs approached and attacked Jack Woodley, 18, who was then stabbed in the back with a “Rambo-style” knife. The sad event happened while Woodley was making his way home from a fair. According to the Daily Mail, the youths allegedly killed the 18-year-old “solely for excitement and pleasure.”

Jack Woodley murder

Jack Woodley murder

After a protracted trial at Newcastle Crown Court where witnesses recounted how Jack was “isolated” by a group that was “like zombies attacking an animal,” the ten youngsters, ages 14 to 18, were found guilty in June. Although one 15-year-old admitted using the knife that killed the victim, the jury convicted all 10 defendants guilty of murder. On October 16, Woodley was punched, kicked, stamped on, and stabbed as he was on his way to pick up keys for a new apartment and was scheduled to start a job the following Monday.

The group went out “seeking for severe problems that day,” according to the prosecution, and attempted to “create conflict” with Woodley at the festival as they “searched for any pretext to attack someone,” they claimed. According to the BBC, when they challenged Woodley to a fight, he declined, but they still followed him out of the fair with between 30 and 40 young people. A 16-year-old youngster attacked Woodley from behind as he was getting close to the Britannia Inn, starting a fight that ended with a 15-year-old child fatally stabbing Woodley in the back. Each child, none of whom can be identified, was accountable for Woodley’s death, but their level of involvement varied, according to Judge Rodney Jameson QC.

Even though he claimed that not all of the teens “wanted to kill,” he said that any of them had the chance to stop the attack, but the “mob mentality took over and it cost Jack his life.” He said, “None of those hopes will now be realised. He had much to look forward to and must have had high hopes for the future.” He claimed that some young people used the feast as a “opportunity” to fight over “trivial rivalries” between neighbouring communities and that the attackers targeted Woodley because he was a “townie.”

The judge added as she imposed a punishment on the group: “No penalty will bring Jack back to his family and loved ones or lessen the suffering they will experience going forward. It might seem unfair that Jack can live in freedom while he is still a young man, but you can’t because of what you did.” According to ChronicleLive, the case is believed to be one of the first in which up to 10 suspects were found guilty of committing a single murder. “You made the choice to prioritise the needs of you and your fellow defendants over Jack and his family. You exerted every effort to thwart their right to justice. You probably regret what happened for a variety of reasons, but regret is not the same as remorse “a judge added.

The 15-year-old carrying the weapon, who had fled to the North East to avoid the gang and knife culture of his hometown, is expected to serve at least 17 years. The 16-year-old attacker must serve at least 13 years and 6 months in prison. At least 15 years will be served by a 17-year-old who went with the boy to get his knife just before the incident. The judge said the youngest defendant, who was 14 at the time and is now 15 years old, was “not as much to fault as most of the others in the dock” because of his youth and low IQ. He will spend eight years. A 15-year-old who was 14 at the time, who yelled “get the chopper out” and gave the victim pleasant “fist bumps” before the attack, will serve at least 13 years in prison. The court called it a “crying shame” that the 18-year-old, who was 17 at the time, got “caught up” in the trouble after overcoming his low IQ and ADHD to win a well-regarded position, and he must serve at least 11 years. The judge ruled that a 16-year-old who was 15 at the time was seen on cellphone footage moving toward the altercation for a few seconds while wearing a hood or balaclava, even though the youth was not identified by any witnesses and provided no statement to police or the court. The youth will serve at least 11 years in prison. A 15-year-old who was 14 at the time will serve at least 10 years in prison since the judge deemed him to be a “easily led” “warrior” with a history of violent behaviour. The judge determined that an 18-year-old who was 17 at the time and was a member of the group that obtained the knife but was not “especially brilliant or an obvious leader” will serve at least 15 years. The court ordered that a 16-year-old who was 15 at the time and testified that he grappled Woodley but did not realise the victim was present because he was attempting to stop the assault spend at least 11 years. For all offenders combined, the minimum sentences total 124 years and 6 months in length.

Father John Woodley, mother Zoey McGill, stepfather Chris McGill, and brothers Jayden, Jenson, and Tyler are the only surviving family members of Jack Woodley. The entire family would “forever be plagued at how horrible Jack’s injuries were,” according to Zoey.