THE mother of a teenage thug convicted of killing Garry Newlove has caused outrage after claiming her son is a victim, let down by an outdated legal system.
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Jordan Cunliffe was jailed for 12 years in 2008 as a 16-year-old after being found guilty of murder through the law of joint enterprise.
He was prosecuted under the 300-year-old law by which a person can be convicted of murder for watching it happen and failing to act.
Cunliffe, 18, Adam Swellings, 21, and Stephen Sorton, 19, were all convicted of the murder of Mr Newlove in Warrington, Cheshire. The 47-year-old was kicked “like a football” as he confronted a gang.
Janet Cunliffe, 40, wants the “unfair” law reformed and says the injustice makes her “blood boil”.
Rose Dixon, of Support After Murder and Manslaughter, said: “If you see something happening and do absolutely nothing to prevent it then you are just as guilty as if you had carried out the murder yourself.”