Cousin of killer of St Helens teenager found guilty of concealing murderer's clothes

The cousin of a murderer broke down in tears when convicted today of concealing the killer's clothes in a neighbour's garage.

Steven Wood hid the bag of clothing worn by Anthony Wood, who had been involved in the fatal stabbing of St Helens' teenager Jordan Campbell.

The defendant denied attempting to pervert the course of justice by hiding the incriminating evidence but a jury at Liverpool Crown Court this afternoon unanimously found him guilty.

26-year-old Wood broke down in tears and adjourning sentence Judge Andrew Menary, QC, warned him, "Inevitably there will be a custodial sentence."

Wood, of Lord Street St Helens, has been on bail but the judge has now remanded him in custody until January 9 when he will be sentenced along with Michaela Hoather, 28, of Havelock Close, St Helens, who pleaded to the same offence the day Wood's trial began.
 
Judge Menary has already warned her to expect a custodial sentence.

During his three day trial the jury of seven women and five men heard how the emergency services were called to a fire in Tickle Avenue, St Helens, on January 1 2015. The body of 17-year-old Jordan' Campbell, who had been stabbed in the back, was found inside the building. 

Later in the morning officers spoke with both Steven Wood and his cousin Anthony Wood about the murder. Anthony was filmed by an officer's body-cam during a stop check of his car.

Steven Wood left the clothes that his cousin had been wearing on the day of the murder with his neighbour after making up a story about having a row with his mother. the neighbour agreed to the request and put the bags in her garage but the police were later contacted and the clothing was found, some with blood spots from the victim.

The court heard that on March 6 that year Daniel Wiltshire and Ruben Hoather pleaded guilty to murdering the teenager. Anthony Wood was later tried at the city's crown court and was found guilty of the murder.

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