Jail For Mirfield Killers

22 February 2013, 12:36

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a man who was stabbed to death in West Yorkshire.

20 year old Joshua Hirst, died after an attack near his home in Mirfield in August.

A Jury at Leeds Crown Court heard Joe Church, and Arron Smith, bought a knife and then lay in wait before attacking Mr Hirst while wearing masks.

21 year old Church, from Mirfield was given a minimum jail term of 25 years. 18 year old Smith, from Emley, was given a minimum term of 22 years.

22 year old Kirstie Rainford, of Liversedge, was also sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of assisting an offender.

In a statement Mr Hirst's father Terry, mother Julie and brother Jon said: "Our lives have been devastated by the loss of Josh.

"We loved him so much and in turn he was loved by so many and brought joy, loyalty and happiness into the lives of others."

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