Four men have been found guilty of their roles in the drive-by murder of 20-year-old Rotherham man, Lewis Williams, at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Jack Parkes, 21, of Arnold Crescent, Doncaster and a 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of murder by the jury at their trial. 

Two other males, Joe Anderton, 18, of Jubilee Road in Doncaster and a 16-year-old male, who also cannot be named, were found guilty of manslaughter.

Lewis Williams was shot on Wath Road, Mexborough, on 11 January this year, as the defendants drove past in a blue Jaguar.

The post-mortem examination confirmed he died as a result of gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector James Axe, said: “The car was driven past Lewis once, before being turned around and doubling back. It was on that second drive past that a shot was fired by the 17-year-old boy – hitting Lewis in the neck.

After the shooting, the car was driven to Bolton-upon-Dearne, where the men in the car were seen fleeing on CCTV. 

Shortly after 6pm, the Jaguar was set alight.

After the verdict was passed, DCI Axe added: “I would like to offer my condolences to Lewis’s family as these proceedings will undoubtedly have been both difficult and distressing for them.”

A fifth defendant, Ryan Nisbet, was acquitted by the jury of all the charges against him.

Parkes, Anderton and the two unidentified males will remain in custody until their sentencing on 29 October 2021.