CCTV shows sickening knife attack by Britain's most wanted man

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Sickening CCTV footage shows the moment a killer who later became Britain's most wanted man fatally stabbed a council worker in a neck in a petty squabble in a bar.

Shane O'Brien slashed Josh Hanson's throat as he drank with a group including his girlfriend in Hillingdon, west London, in October 2015.

Mr Hanson, from Kingsbury, north-west London, died at the scene from his wounds while his killer fled to Romania on a private jet.  

CCTV - released by Mr Hanson's family today to show the terrible reality of knife crime - shows O'Brien approach his victim in a venue called the RE bar and stab him in the throat before casually walking out.

The next day he bought some new designer clothes and a suitcase from Factory Store before flying to Romania on a privately-chartered plane from Biggin Hill Airport in Kent. 

O'Brien was finally arrested in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in March this year and extradited to the UK. 

Video released by the victim's family today to show the terrible reality of knife crime. The victim, Mr Hanson, is indicated with a green arrow, the attacker, O'Brien, with a blue arrow. The footage also shows O'Brien shopping for clothes in the days after the attack 

Shane O'Brien slashed Josh Hanson's neck in an act of 'pitiless savagery' at a west London bar before fleeing the country in a private plane in 2015. He was finally convicted today

Council worker Mr Hanson clutched his neck as his horrified girlfriend watched blood pour out of a  14.5in gaping wound from his left ear to right chest

Shane O'Brien (left) killed Josh Hanson (right) in an act of 'pitiless savagery' at a west London bar before fleeing the country in a private plane in 2015. He was finally convicted today

CCTV shows the moment O'Brien casually launched the fatal attack, slashing his victim's neck

CCTV shows the moment O'Brien casually launched the fatal attack, slashing his victim's neck

O'Brien became Britain's most wanted man after he got a plane abroad and went on the run

O'Brien became Britain's most wanted man after he got a plane abroad and went on the run

The Met Police had put up a £50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest while Interpol circulated photos of the killer including a tattoo on his back of an owl spreading its wings over an Aztec skull. 

An Old Bailey jury took just 55 minutes to unanimously convict O'Brien of murdering Mr Hanson after a two-week trial.

Following O'Brien's conviction, the victim's mother, Tracey Hanson, told how she never got to opportunity to say goodbye to her beloved son.

She said: 'I was denied my place as Josh's mum as he lay on the cold floor alone, I could not hold him in my arms to comfort or reassure him, if only to give him hope that everything would be ok.

'The aftermath of Josh's murder has left us broken beyond repair as Josh was taken from us in the most horrific way possible, suddenly, abruptly, viciously and violently, and nothing will ever erase the CCTV footage of Josh's final moments from our minds as he was struck with a knife so horrifically and callously, along with his suffering as he tried to fight for his life.

Victim Josh Hanson's mother says she never got a chance to say goodbye to her son

Victim Josh Hanson's mother says she never got a chance to say goodbye to her son

Mr Hanson's mother, Tracey, standing with his sister Brooke said today that they will 'continue to work hard to change the story about knife crime in Josh's name'

Mr Hanson's mother, Tracey, standing with his sister Brooke said today that they will 'continue to work hard to change the story about knife crime in Josh's name'

The victim's family today released photos of Josh in his youth and before his tragic death

The victim's family today released photos of Josh in his youth and before his tragic death

The victim's family today released photos of Josh in his youth and before his tragic death

The victim's mother added: 'Today after nearly four years and shy of two weeks before Josh's fourth year anniversary justice was served. A jury of 12 members of the public delivered a guilty verdict based on the evidence provided to them. 

'Josh was innocent and the attack on him was totally unprovoked and we hope that a whole life term will be handed down by the judge at sentencing.

'While we continue to navigate through life without Josh we shall continue to work hard to change the story about knife crime in Josh's name as we have done since his untimely and unnecessary death.  

'The last time I spoke to my son was on the phone at 10.30pm that evening and at the end of the phone call we said "I love you" to one another the way we had always ended our conversations. Life for us will never be the same without Josh.'

O'Brien, a father-of-two, bit his lip as he heard the verdict and was remanded in custody ahead of sentence on 17 October.

O'Brien was finally tracked down in Romania and extradited back to Britain

O'Brien was finally tracked down in Romania and extradited back to Britain

O'Brien was finally tracked down in Romania and extradited back to Britain

Mr Hanson and his friends had been enjoying their evening until O'Brien dealt his catastrophic blow within 10 seconds of the confrontation starting.

O'Brien grabbed the knife from the right pocket of his designer Canada Goose jacket before slashing Mr Hanson's throat, neck and chest in a single motion.

The fugitive then fled to Kent in a black VW Golf while arranging his flight out of the country.

He was spotted in The Camber Castle pub in Camber Sands, Rye, before flying to Romania on a private jet.

Police later found his blood-stained Canada Goose jacket in a caravan at the Camber Sands Holiday Park.

O'Brien triggered an international manhunt and was added to Interpol's most-wanted list while he remained at large for four years.

He managed to avoid detection after being caught with fake Italian identity documents in Prague in February 2017.

O'Brien grabbed the knife from the right pocket of his designer Canada Goose jacket before slashing Mr Hanson's throat, neck and chest in a single motion.

O'Brien grabbed the knife from the right pocket of his designer Canada Goose jacket before slashing Mr Hanson's throat, neck and chest in a single motion.

O'Brien was finally caught in Romania with a fake Danish passport in the name of Oliver Jakobsen, along with other false identity cards on 23 March.

Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, said: 'The case is all about the events that happened at the end of a Saturday night out in a bar.

'For most there that night, none of them could have predicted what would happen, so sudden and shocking was it.

'They had gone out in the company of others for a good time. But by 2am one young man lay dead and another, slightly older man, was beginning a life on the run.

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'Those two men, the defendant and the man who died, did not know each other. They had gone to the bar separately, with other people, apparently unaware of the each other's presence.

'Their paths crossed only briefly and for a period of seconds or a few minutes at most.'

Crime scene: The RE bar in Hillingdon, north west London, is pictured in October 2015 after Mr Hanson's death

Crime scene: The RE bar in Hillingdon, north west London, is pictured in October 2015 after Mr Hanson's death 

The prosecutor added: 'Apart from their age there was another very obvious difference between them: one was armed with an extremely sharp blade and the other was wholly unarmed, and that was the deceased.

'As they spoke briefly, with others around them, the defendant reached for his blade and with a single, slashing downward motion, he used it. He quite simply cut the throat of the man he was facing.

'You will

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