A MURDERER threatened to kill a High Court judge after being found guilty of beating his sister’s Birkenhead boyfriend to death.
Daniel Breaks shouted the threat to Mr Justice Openshaw after being unanimously convicted of battering Simon Sutton before ordering his sister’s children to stamp on the body.
Breaks, who has nearly 300 convictions, first laughed as he asked the judge for a second opinion.
But after Mr Justice Openshaw replied “No” he became enraged, shouting: “You suppressed the truth in this trial.”
Pointing his finger and surging forward in the dock at Liverpool crown court, the convicted armed robber threatened: “I will escape and I will kill you.”
As he was dragged down by three security guards, Mr Justice Openshaw calmly responded: “He’s unlikely to have the chance to carry it out, members of the jury.”
Breaks, 48, of Allerton, Liverpool, who was also found guilty of kidnapping County Durham couple Charles and Joy Heaps after going on the run, was being sentenced yesterday.
Following the verdict, Mr Sutton’s brother Mark, 38, said: “The jury have seen through his lies and now everybody can see him for the monster he really is.
“It’s a huge relief. There have been a lot of sleepless nights. It’s only now we can start mourning the death of Simon.”
Mr Sutton, of Birkenhead, said the family had been under extra stress because his other brother, Jason Sutton, had been charged alongside Breaks with blackmailing HSBC Bank in Newcastle for £300,000.
Both men were cleared of the plot by the jury of 10 women and two men after four hours of deliberating.
Breaks had targeted his sister Gwyneth’s eight-stone partner Mr Sutton, 40, of Birkenhead, over allegations he had “grassed” to police about the blackmail conspiracy.
On April 10, two days after alcoholic Mr Sutton was questioned by police, Breaks turned on him.
He armed himself with a pool cue and beat him.
He then ordered Gwyneth Breaks’ two teenage sons to stamp on Mr Sutton’s body.
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