Thursday, 27 October 2011


A 'highly dangerous' man who stabbed his teenage nephew to death in a petty argument over a mobile phone was jailed for life on the 23rd September 2011.

Alan Cooper killed 14-year-old Jordan in front of the schoolboy's grandmother - his own mother - at her home in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Cooper and Jordan were living with Susan Smith at her house in Newriggs when the argument broke out.

They rowed after Jordan used the 32-year-old's phone to contact a girlfriend on Facebook and Cooper joked that he would contact the girl later.

Mrs Smith defused the tension and she and her grandson went to watch television her room.

As they sat in the dark, her son burst in and attacked Jordan, then continuing the brutality outside the room.

Mrs Smith called the police and said: 'My son is killing my grandson.'

When paramedics arrived, the injured boy said to them: 'I'm going to die aren't I?'

Judge Milford said the paramedic had made a statement explaining the particular impact the murder had on him.

Cooper admitted killing Jordan but claimed he had suffered an abnormality of mind which diminished his responsibility.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court convicted Cooper of murder by a majority, before judge John Milford jailed him for life.

The judge said he was a 'highly dangerous' man and would have to serve at least 22 years before being considered for parole.

The court had heard that Cooper had a history of violence towards family members when drunk and multiple convictions for violence, arson, dishonesty and car crimes. In one attack, he attempted to gouge out his father's eyes.

'Highly dangerous': Alan Cooper, 32, has a string of previous convictions for drunken violence towards family members.

Cooper killed Jordan while on bail for a horrific attack on his girlfriend in which she was forced to crawl naked to a neighbour's home for help.

He left her with a perforated duodenum which had to be repaired surgically, causing scars which meant 'she could never again wear a bikini'.

Mitigating, Alastair MacDonald QC said Cooper had an 'excellent relationship' with Jordan before the attack.

He said: 'He is a man who tried desperately to battle against his anger but failed.

We have suffered an unbearable loss. I cannot adequately describe the gaping hole his death has left in our lives or the despair that we feel - Susan Smith

'He has now lost every tie with his family. He has not been visited in prison at all, for obvious reasons.

'He is now deprived of even the basic succour of a family when he is going to serve what will inevitably be a long sentence.'

But Judge Milford told Cooper: 'You have been a bully since you were a small child and given to losing your temper and using violence, which is more likely when you have taken drink.

'You took the decision to kill Jordan, which you did not repent. You take no responsibility for your actions.'

Cooper remained expressionless as he was taken down.

Mrs Smith said: 'We have suffered an unbearable loss. I cannot adequately describe the gaping hole his death has left in our lives or the despair that we feel.'

Detective Inspector Gareth Craig, who led the investigation, said: 'Alan Cooper's actions led to the tragic death of a boy who had his whole future ahead of him.

'The loss of Jordan has been felt by not just his family but his friends and people he went to school with.

'I'd like to thank Jordan's family for their assistance during this investigation and the dignity they've shown despite difficult circumstances, something which has been recognised and praised by the judge in court.

'I hope they can eventually move on from what has been a horrific ordeal.'

A statement on behalf of Jordan's family read: 'This is not a victory for us. There are no winners out of this trial. It doesn't change anything. We have to live with our pain every day and the knowledge that we will never have Jordan back.

'The jury came to the right decision and we are grateful to them for that.


'Justice has been done and now we have to try to rebuild our lives without Jordan.


'We would like to say that we conducted ourselves with Jordan in mind.