A TEENAGER jailed for beating to death an angler with a plank of wood has been found dead in his cell.
Lenny Crawt was convicted in March last year for the murder of Scott Wilkinson, 48, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in July 2016.
His brother, Shane Crawt, and cousin, Charlie Smith, were also convicted for their involvement in the killing.
Lenny and Shane, aged 19 and 18 at the time of the trial, were each found guilty of murder and given life, while Smith, aged 24, was given 13 years for manslaughter.
Crawt was found dead in his cell at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution in Buckinghamshire by staff carrying out routine checks at around 5.30am on May 16.
His death is being treated as non-suspicious.
A prison service spokesperson said: “HMP Aylesbury prisoner Lenny Crawt died on 16 May.
“As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”
The trio carried out the killing on Donkey Island in Surrey, where Wilkinson had been enjoying a fishing trip.
The group, who had been camping on the island, punched, kicked, and stabbed Wilkinson before beating his head with a plank of wood.
Wilkinson’s campsite was discovered abandoned and with markings of blood, and his body was later recovered from the nearby River Thames.
Readings from a heart monitor he was wearing suggested he had not died until three hours after the attack.
The three denied involvement in the killing, and at trial attempted to blame each other for Wilkinson’s death.
No definitive motive was established but, sentencing, Judge Johnathan Black said: “This was not a senseless, motiveless crime.
“There were intimations that robbery had been planned, or he was to be taught a lesson as he had removed and hidden your fishing gear.
“It is quite clear the three of you discussed how the combined attack was to be carried out.”
The trial heard that, following the killing, the group fled the island, and that one later told a friend: “We killed someone tonight.”
Judge Black added: “The three of you left the island without checking how badly he was hurt and without alerting the emergency services.
“He was placed into the River Thames and left to die alone and without succour.”
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