A MAN has been found guilty of murdering Haydock teenager Jordan Campbell then setting fire to his body.
Anthony Wood, 32, had denied attacking the 17-year-old but was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.
His two fellow defendents, Daniel Wiltshire, 25, and 22-year-old Ruben Hoather had earlier admitted to the New Year’s Day killing.
Jordan, 17, was found by firefighters in a burning flat in Tickle Avenue, in Parr, on New Year’s Day after he was reportedly attacked.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Post-mortem tests revealed Jordan died as a result of a single stab wound.
Shortly after his death his family spoke of how they had been robbed of the chance of seeing the teenager grow up to become a man.
They also described how they have been comforted as they grieve for Jordan by their many happy memories of a “kind-hearted and cheeky” young man.
“Jordan was a young man who would do anything for anyone,” they said in a statement. “He had a cheeky disposition, was often loud and his death has left a huge hole in our hearts.
“He loved his family and we loved him back so much in return. He was always generous and would have spent his last pennies on his nephews.
“We used to always have fun and often teased him about his smelly feet. He always took it well and sadly now it’s just one of the happy memories we’ve got left of Jordan.
“He was only 17-years-old and we’re devastated he never saw his 18th birthday and had the chance to be a man.
“He was well loved by everybody that knew him and he will be sadly missed.”
They added: “We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and donations through this really difficult time for us. It’s slowly helping us to come to terms with what has happened to our special Jordan.”
His sisters Naomi and Dannii went on: “We also want to say thank you to everyone who took part in the vigil and walk that was held to remember Jordan on Friday night and to Merseyside Police for their help.”
Wiltshire, from Wargrave Road in Newton-le-Willows, Hoather, of Tickle Avenue in Parr and Wood, from Elephant Lane, Thatto Heath, were arrested shortly after the discovery of Jordan’s body.