Two teenage murderers who killed a sixth-former after robbing him on a beach were effectively given life jail terms yesterday.
Joel Taylor, 18, and Joshua Thomas, 16, both of Swansea, South Wales, were jailed to jeers of "scum" from angry relatives of their victim at Swansea Crown Court.
Taylor was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years and Thomas to a minimum of 18 years. Neither could be given standard life sentences for adults because both were under 18 at the time of the murder.
Another defendant, Andrew Rafferty, 18, also of Swansea, who was cleared of murder at a trial in April but found guilty of manslaughter, will serve a minimum of five years.
Ben Bellamy, 17, of Swansea, was beaten and then dumped in the sea to drown in a late-night attack at a beach in the city last September. He was robbed of his mobile telephone and cash card.
In jailing Thomas and Taylor, Judge Justice Roderick Evans told them theirs was an "act of cold-blooded and calculated evil of a kind it is difficult to comprehend".
"You took Ben Bellamy out into the sea to a depth of one metre and you drowned him. It was a determined, cold killing," he said.
The judge told the killers that the teenager's death had shocked the city. "Ben Bellamy was a decent, popular and academically able 17-year-old," he said. "He had a promising life ahead of him until he met the three of you. His killing has profoundly affected this city."
Ben was attacked as he walked home alone along the seafront after spending the evening at a disco. The three attackers initially appeared friendly and persuaded the schoolboy to buy them food at a garage.
However, they then lured him to the beach and punched, kicked and stamped upon him.
The victim was forced to hand over his cash card and PIN number and Rafferty left to withdraw money, leaving the brutal attack to continue.
The court heard that Ben was stripped naked and dumped in the sea so it might look as if he had drowned while "skinny dipping".