ONE of Britain’s most wanted fugitives was convicted of murder yesterday after a three-and-a-half year international manhunt.
Shane O’Brien, 31, slashed 21-year-old Josh Hanson’s neck in an unprovoked act of ‘pitiless savagery’ at a west London bar before fleeing the country on a private plane.
After the attack, the father-of-two casually walked out of the RE Bar in Eastcote on October 11, 2015. He left Mr Hanson dying as he tried to stem the blood flowing from a 14.5in gaping wound while his girlfriend watched in horror.O’Brien then arranged for a friend ‘Vanessa’ to secure a four-seater plane to fly him to the Nether-lands, the Old Bailey heard.
Having fled, he grew long hair and a beard, and got the tattoo of his children’s names covered over as he used fake ID to travel across Europe. He was finally caught in Romania on March 23 and extradited to the UK on April 5.
O’Brien told jurors he had launched the ‘pretend attack’ because he had felt threatened by Mr Hanson’s ‘very aggressive body language’, saying he felt his victim was ‘ready to attack me’.
Jurors took just 55 minutes to convict him of murder. He will be sentenced on October 17.