Two men plead guilty to Brendan Mason murder

Brendan Mason was killed in Abbey Park last July

Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering 23-year-old Brendan Mason in July last year.

Brendan was found in Abbey Park on the morning of 5 July with severe head injuries. He was taken to hospital but died later that day. He had 99 injuries across his whole body along with defensive type wounds to his hands.

Joshua Hack, 21, and Keith Lowe, 22, both from Leicester were arrested a few days after the incident.

Brendan was known to the defendants and considered them as friends. Examination of their phone records show they lured him to the park with the full intention of hurting him.

CCTV footage showed the three of them enter Abbey Park at 1.39am.

Brendan was subjected to a vicious, sustained attack which was filmed by his attackers on their phones. He was left naked and alone in the park having been brutally beaten.

After the attack, Brendan was stripped of his clothes in an effort to get rid of any potential evidence. The pair also attempted to wash him in the pond in the park. His clothes were put inside his own rucksack and thrown into the river.

Lowe initially pleaded not guilty to the offence, but dramatically changed his plea yesterday (Friday 17 February) after seeing the overwhelming video evidence. Hack had already pleaded guilty to the charge at a previous hearing.

With the defendants admitting their involvement in Brendan’s murder, it’s hoped this will bring some small comfort to his family.

Hack and Lowe will be sentenced on Monday 20 February at Leicester Crown Court.