Ryan O’Connor murder trial: Lewis Aquilina guilty at Newport Crown Court

A second man has been convicted of murdering Ryan O’Connor, who was stabbed to death and robbed of his Gucci bag in Newport last year.

Lewis Aquilina, 20, from Riverside in Cardiff, was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court.

He was one of several men involved in the death of 26-year-old Ryan O’Connor in June 2021.

Newport Crown Court jury found Lewis Aquilina guilty of murdering Ryan O’Connor

Mr O’Connor, 26, was walking along the road near the Aberthaw Road roundabout in Alway when he was attacked with hunting knives.

Joseph Jeremy, 18, was convicted of the murder of Mr O’Connor and Kyle Raisis, 18, of his manslaughter, yesterday (March 14). Both men were also convicted of robbery.

Ethan Strickland, 19, had previously been convicted of theft but was cleared of murder and manslaughter charges.

Elliot Fiteni, 20, was cleared of murder, manslaughter and robbery.

Prosecutor Michael Brady QC had told Newport Crown Court that Mr O’Connor had been ‘hunted down and killed on a road trip to commit a crime’ by the Cardiff gang.

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