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Life sentence for cousins ​​who murdered and dismembered Oldham’s father

Two cousins ​​who brutally murdered a 34-year-old father from Failsworth and dumped his dismembered body in a park have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Ashley Walsh was killed on Friday January 7 this year and his body was later found in four suitcases at Sandhills Park in Collyhurst.

Aaron Evitt, 33, of Brentnor Road, Manchester, and Gerrard McGlacken, 45, of Kintore Walk, Manchester both denied murder but pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful burial during a trial at the Manchester Crown Short.

Both men were found guilty by a jury yesterday and today Judge Goose found the men ‘equally guilty’ and sentenced both men to a minimum sentence of 28 years in prison.

A number of Ashley’s family members were in court for sentencing wearing purple hoodies (Ashley’s color) emblazoned with the father’s name and his motocross number 116.

There were cheers from the public gallery when Evitt and McGlacken were sentenced.

On the first day of the trial, Thursday July 7, prosecutor Michael Brady QC told the court that Ashley had been murdered at McGlacken’s flat on Kintore Walk in Collyhurst.

While giving evidence from the witness box, McGlacken admitted to jurors that he “cut up” Ashley’s body to “protect” his cousin Evitt who he said had killed Ashley with a hammer and stabbed him.

The next day McGlacken admitted lying when he gave evidence and said he had in fact stabbed Mr Walsh but believed he was already dead.

The court heard that pathologist Dr Charles Wilson found Ashley had 20 stab wounds, many from when she was alive, and six to the chest were potentially fatal.

During his deposition, Evitt told jurors he hit Ashley with a hammer after an argument broke out when Ashley said he slept with his ex-girlfriend but denied stabbing him and said he was asleep when McGlacken dismembered him.

Today Judge Goose acknowledged McGlacken played a ‘major role’ in the ‘shameful’ dismemberment, but said it was ‘simply incredible’ that Evitt had no knowledge of it and that he probably “encouraged” him.