James Gwynne, aged 20, and his lover Christopher Ryan, aged 40, moved
from thier hometown of Barnsley in Yorkshire, to the seaside
town of Blackpool in Lancashire. Upon arrival James adopted
the surname Ryan. The men shared a flat in Dickson Road,
April 2003, Christopher Ryan introduced
James to a man that he knew from thier hometown of Barnsley,
Philip Marson, a relationship developed bewtween Marson and
James Ryan, with all three men in and out of relatoiionships
with each other over the coming months.
Tuesaday 28th October 2003,
Marson and James were in Marson's flat in Livingstone Road,
Blackpool, neighbours later reported hearing noises conmiung
from the flat, "like a sledge-hammer banging against the
At 10:02pm Marson called 999 to
report a murder.
He was on top of a Blackpool car park
in a distressed state, he reported that at 9pm that evening
he had murdered his friend James Ryan (Gwynne).
When police discovered the scene in
the bedroom of the Livingstone road flat they found that
James had been beatern and stabbed.
According to the pathologist James
had been violently beatern about the head with a hammer
sustaining at least 18 seperate blows to the head,
fracturing his skull in several places. He had a furtrher 50
seperate hammer blows to the rest of his body, including
arms and legs. James also sustained nearly 100 knife wounds,
with 30 stab wounds to the the chest alone, including a
fatal knife wound through the heart. When police found the
body the attacker had left the knife in the body, pinning
Jamres body to the floor through the heart.
Thursday 30th October 2003,
Marson appeared at Blackpool Magistrates court charged with
Tuesday 27th April 2004,
At Preston Crown Court, Marson pleaded guitly to murder.
Mr. Justice McCombe sentenced Marson to serve a minimum 15
year term before potential release, making him eligable for
parole in 2019.