A TOP detective has spoken of his disgust after the killers of a popular dad tried to blame a dead man for the murder.
Brothers Jack and Jess Ryan were today given life sentences for the murder of George Dagg after being convicted by a jury.
Detective Inspector Mark Ord said the pair were not only guilty of a senseless attack against an unarmed man, but had also put the victim’s family through the agony of a trial.
During the trial, the brothers had tried to shift the blame onto John Sumner, a Sunderland man who had been found dead in a bin shortly after George Dagg’s killing.
Detective Inspector Ord, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “Mr Dagg was walking away from Jack and Jess when he was stabbed once in the thigh which caused a catastrophic loss of blood and resulted in his death a few days later in hospital.
“This was a senseless attack by the brothers – who were both armed with knives – against a defenceless and unarmed man.
“They insisted on putting the family through the trauma of a trial and then Jess even tried to place some blame on to a man who is now deceased.
“I want to make it clear this man was not involved in the death of Mr Dagg and this just goes to show the disgraceful levels they were willing to stoop to in efforts to evade justice for their actions.
“I want to pay tribute to Mr Dagg’s family for the strength they have shown since his death and the courage and dignity they have displayed throughout the trial. I hope the conclusion of this trial will in some way help them rebuild their lives.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to the local community at Plains Farm who came forward and provided vital witness evidence which has helped lead to the conviction of these two men.”