In what could be tagged heartlessness, two friends have hung a man with learning difficulties before beating him to death while they filmed the ugly incident.
The friends Joshua Hack, 21, and Keith Lowe, 22, lured ‘easily led’ Brendan Matthews to a park, with the idea that they wanted to hang out with him.
They however, hung him from a tree, taking turns to beat him while telling him ‘Smile for the camera’ him in the early hours of July 5 last year.
He was thereafter stripped naked after he fell unconscious with his body thrown in a pond while he was left to die in Abbey Park, Leicester.
Groundsmen found Mr Mason naked, unconscious and bleeding at 7.40am and he was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.
Doctors discovered he had 99 separate injuries to his head and body, including brain damage, five broken ribs and a collapsed lung, and he died later that day.
While Hack, of Beaumont Leys, Leicester previously admitted murder however, Lowe, of Crown Hills, denied it and went on trial last week.
He, however changed his plea, after police produced video evidence of what he did, which he had tried to delete from his phone.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said, ‘Officers were able to see the video on the Cloud, showing an unfortunate scene.’
‘It shows Brendan’s battered and naked body with Lowe landing blows.’
She added: ‘It was being made for a third party to show them what happened to Brendan.’
Messages from the murderers’ Facebook show at 2.46am Hack said to Lowe: ‘Just do it dude.’
Lowe replied: ‘Shall we do it because he’s f**k me off with the lies.’
Miss Moore added: “They were using their phones to communicate because Brendan doesn’t know what’s about to happen to him.
The court heard Mr Mason died from ‘unsurvivable’ brain damage.
Brendan’s family released a statement that read: ‘It is not right how two evil people can do such a horrific thing and leave a massive hole in our lives that will never be filled again.
‘Brendan was a lovely young man and he was so happy. He had numerous learning difficulties and very poor vision.
‘Even though Brendan had numerous learning difficulties and was very easily led by others, he always knew right from wrong.
‘The police have been a big part of our life for the past seven months; they have been amazing, but there will never be closure for us.’
Hack and Lowe will be sentenced tomorrow at Leicester Crown Court.