Convicted killer back before high court in freedom fight

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A CONVICTED killer is due back before the High Court as he continues his fight for freedom.

Jordan Towers was jailed for life with two other teenagers after Kevin Johnson, 22, was murdered outside his Pennywell home in May 2007.

Towers has always claimed he is innocent. He admitted being there during the fatal knife attack, but said he did not take part in it.

He blamed the two youths he was with, Dean Curtis and Tony Hawkes.

Curtis, then 19, of Forest Road, was put behind bars for a minimum of 17 years and Hawkes, then 17, of Mortimer Street, for 16 years.

Towers, now 20, was convicted of murder under the controversial joint enterprise law and was jailed for a minimum of 13 years.

A top judge rejected Towers’ original appeal against his conviction and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) refused to refer the case back to Court of Appeal.

In November, he won an appeal against the CCRC’s decision, and tomorrow his lawyers will present a new bid to have his appeal re-heard during a judicial review at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Kevin’s dad John Johnson, 60, said: “It’s been nearly five years since Kevin was killed and we would be absolutely devastated if he got out.

“We’d like to see him locked up for life, but at the very least the 13 years he was given. He has his life but we will never get our son back.”

But Towers’ family have vowed to exhaust every avenue as they fight for his freedom.

His sister Ashleigh, 31, said: “We are still a long way off getting an appeal, but this is a step in the right direction.

“If we don’t win now we won’t give up and plan to go the European courts. This is definitely not the last stage.”

John, of Ryhope, said he only discovered the court date had been set for tomorrow while trawling the internet.

The taxi driver said: “No one even had the decency to let us know about it.

“This is another case of the victims being treated poorly and it makes me angry.

“It seems the justice system in this country think more of the criminals than what they do the victims and it’s not fair.”

In 2008, the three killers attempted to have their sentence reduced at the Court of Appeal, with Towers appealing to have his conviction overturned.

But judges rejected their bid during a hearing at Leeds Crown Court.

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