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Three men are jailed for life after stabbing man, 19, to death outside a pub in Essex

Three men are jailed for life after stabbing an innocent man, 19, to death in a revenge attack after one of the killers was beaten up two hours earlier – but NOT by the victim

  • Liam Taylor, 19, died outside an Essex pub after being stabbed by an armed gang
  • Another man was also stabbed in the leg while drinking outside the pub last year 
  • Three men found guilty of his murder and wounding with intent and jailed for life
  • Ryan Filby, 22, Daniel Daden, 20, and Louis Colgate, 19, must serve a combined minimum of 58 years in prison after being sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court


Three men have been jailed for stabbing an innocent 19-year-old man to death in a revenge attack outside a pub in Essex after one of the killers was attacked hours earlier.

Liam Taylor died from a fatal stab wound to the chest outside the Rose and Crown in Writtle, Essex, on January 31 last year.

Another victim was stabbed in the leg by the gang and was left needing surgery in the revenge attack after one of the killers was attacked hours earlier but not by either of his victims. 

Essex Police said the three defendants – Ryan Filby, 22, Daniel Daden, 20, and Louis Colgate, 19 – received a combined sentence of over 58 years at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday.

Mr Taylor's mother Michelle left a tribute to her son on Facebook

Liam Taylor, 19, pictured, was stabbed to death outside the Rose and Crown pub in Writtle, Essex during a violent attack which lasted less than two minutes. Three men have now been jailed for his murder and must serve a combined total of 58 years minimum in prison

The violent attack was caught on CCTV outside the pub and was played to the jury at the trial

The violent attack was caught on CCTV outside the pub and was played to the jury at the trial

The victim, nicknamed ‘Fish’ by loved ones,  had been smoking with friends outside the pub when a dark-coloured Subaru pulled up in the pub car park.

Shocking footage shows the gang, dressed in balaclavas and dark clothing, race toward the victims and attack them in a vicious assault which lasted less than two minutes. 

The attackers were brandishing weapons such as knives, metal poles, and baseball bats.

The group swung the weapons around in the pub garden and smashed glasses before coming across the victim who suffered a fatal knife wound to the chest.

His friend was also hospitalised with a knife wound to the leg.

Police said the attack was believed to be linked in to an earlier assault on Filby when he was beaten outside his home but they say neither Liam nor the other victim were involved in the earlier incident.

Friends described Liam (pictured), known as Fish to his loved ones, as 'a lovely and caring guy'

Friends described Liam (pictured), known as Fish to his loved ones, as ‘a lovely and caring guy’

The Rose and Crown pub in Writtle, Essex today, were Liam Taylor died after being stabbed

The Rose and Crown pub in Writtle, Essex today, were Liam Taylor died after being stabbed

Dozens of friends and family gathered at the village green to pay their respects to Liam

Dozens of friends and family gathered at the village green to pay their respects to Liam 

The emergency services were called to the scene around 8pm and found Taylor already dead from multiple stab wounds. 

The three defendants were found guilty this week at Chelmsford Crown Court after a month-long trial.

Stephen Jennings of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘This was a senseless and vicious attack that took the life of a young man and has devastated his family.

‘His friend and those who witnessed the attack have also suffered the effects from being involved in a situation that none of us would ever wish to be in.

‘Liam’s murder has caused reverberations throughout the community and among those who knew him, and I understand people will be angry, upset and grieving.

‘There is never any excuse to carry knives or weapons, and violence will not solve anything.

Daniel Daden (left) and Ryan Filby (right) have been jailed for life at Chelmsford Crown Court

Daniel Daden (left) and Ryan Filby (right) have been jailed for life at Chelmsford Crown Court

Louis Colgate had previously admitted murder and was jailed for life at a sentencing hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court this week and must serve a minimum of 16-and-a-half years

Louis Colgate had previously admitted murder and was jailed for life at a sentencing hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court this week and must serve a minimum of 16-and-a-half years

‘It will only ever have severe consequences for everyone involved and can lead to even more lives being ruined.’

In the wake of Liam’s death, nearly 100 people gathered on the village green in Writtle to pay their respects and release balloons in his memory. 

Friends described Liam as ‘a lovely and caring guy’ and his mother Michelle Taylor wrote: ‘Can’t even believe my beautiful son has been taken from me.. son u (sic) are my world and I know ur (sic) be looking down on me.’

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