Girl allowed ex to die in ‘an orgy of violence’

Chelsea Platt was condemned by a judge for allowing the violence that led to the death of Martin Hyde (right)

A pregnant teenager arranged and watched the sadistic torture of the father of her unborn child before he was murdered.  Chelsea Platt, 18, lured ex-boyfriend Martin Hyde, 22, to her Stockport flat where two male friends committed an ‘orgy of violence’ sparked by a £15 debt.   Mr Hyde – a promising young footballer – was then frogmarched to a country park more than a mile away where he met his death and his body was thrown into a river.

James Dellaway, 24, and Jason Hughes, 28, turned on their vulnerable, homeless victim when he failed to pay the debt and because he had reported them to police over a previous assault.  Platt had grown contemptuous of Mr Hyde and months earlier had sent him a Facebook message which read: ‘You need to die really badly because no one likes you.’

Manchester Crown Court heard that Platt then used the social networking website to arrange for Dellaway and Hughes to attack Mr Hyde.  She told police she had made similar plans 15 times during their relationship. Hyde was repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on by the pair at the flat on November 29 last year as Platt looked on.  He was also hit over the head with a frying pan and made to mop up his blood with a sponge, then gagged with it.

Platt followed the men as they led their victim to Reddish Country Park where Mr Hyde was stabbed five times in the back and three times in the neck.  A chisel was stabbed into his back with such force it severed his spinal cord, paralysing him shortly before he was thrown into the River Tame. His body was found by dog walkers.  Lindsay Dunn, 20, washed the killers’ shoes after the murder and tried to sell the dead man’s mobile phone to settle the debt.

Peter Mayne, 18, stood by and watched part of the attack, throwing one punch at Mr Hyde because he feared he would meet the same fate.  The court heard that Dellaway, Hughes, Dunn and Mayne were housemates at Hollywood Towers in Stockport and had been terrorising Mr Hyde, who had schoolboy trials for Stockport County.  David Turner QC, prosecuting, told the court that Platt stood by and watched as her other lover Hughes and Dellaway subjected mild-mannered Mr Hyde to his horrific ordeal.

He said: “She didn’t lift a finger or raise her voice to help a man who she knew might be the father of the child she was expecting.” On the evening of the murder, Hughes and Dellaway were invited to Platt’s flat where they punched and kneed Mr Hyde with such force that Dellaway dislocated his own knee.  Mr Hyde suffered 72 separate injuries, including brain damage and a punctured lung.

The gang had attempted to cover their tracks but were tied to the killing by witness testimony, CCTV and microscopic airborne spots of blood which clung to their clothes.  Dellaway and Hughes were each jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 25 years after admitting murder.  Platt – due to give birth in weeks – admitted conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and was jailed for four years.

Dunn, who is also due to give birth, was jailed for four years after admitting conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.  Mayne was jailed for 18 months after admitting conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Sentencing Platt, Mr Justice Ryder said: “You are a reprehensible, amoral facilitator of casual serious violence.”

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