Faces of the killers of innocent much-loved rugby player who 'tried to protect those around him'

Tia Taylor and Jake Hill
Tia Taylor, 22, and Jake Hill, 25 have been sentenced for their part in the killing of Michael Riddiough-Allen, 32 -Credit:Devon and Cornwall Police

Here are the faces of killers Jake Hill and Tia Taylor after the pair were sentenced for their involvement in the death of a much-loved rugby player. Michael Riddiough-Allen, 32, suffered a fatal stab wound as he "tried to protect those around him" outside of a nightclub in Bodmin in April last year.

Jake Hill, 25, Tia Taylor, 22, and Chelsea Powell, 22, all from the Bodmin area, faced charges over the incident. The trio were convicted on March 18 following a six-week trial held at Truro Crown Court - and have been sentenced today (Friday, April 12).

Hill stabbed five people in a frenzy lasting between 20 and 30 seconds outside the nightclub with a sharp, serrated hunting knife that he had hidden in a nearby hedge before entering the club that night. Taylor repeatedly assaulted the deceased as he lay defenseless on the ground and later lied to police.

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A jury last month found Hill guilty of murder and guilty of four counts of wounding with intent. Taylor initially denied the charges and changed her plea to guilty of perverting the course of justice and to manslaughter part way through the trial.

Powell was found not guilty of murder and not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of perverting the course of justice by the jury. Between them they have been sentenced to a combined 31 years imprisonment, with Hill given a life sentence.

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He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 28 years before being eligible for parole, reduced to 27 years and 18 days in prison taking the time he has already been in custody into account. He will remain on licence for the rest of his life if released.

Taylor was sentenced to three years imprisonment for her involvement. She will serve half of that and will then be released on licence.

Powell was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment. The judge directed she too should serve half of that sentence and as she has been on remand for nine months, she was released immediately.

On Hill, High Court Judge the Honourable Mrs Justice Cutts said in her sentencing remarks: "You showed not a shred of remorse then and you have shown not a shred of remorse since. The long period for which you were giving evidence on your trial you showed no regret on your part."

Jake Hill
Jake Hill has been sentenced to life in prison -Credit:Devon and Cornwall Police

Speaking of Taylor and Powell she said they did show genuine remorse and that she did not believe Taylor knew Hill had a knife at the time of her involvement in the assault. She did say that rather than appearing "horrified" at Hill's actions however, she proceeded to tell Hill he should "bleach the knife" before lying to police and saying that he was not in her house. Moments later her toddler outed her for this lie.

"When you emerged from the house with your two very young children you Tia Taylor told the police Hill was not there," she continued. "Your dishonesty set no good example to your children. It is a good job they were more honest than their mother."

She said: "It is clear you are ashamed of your behavior and I accept that you are genuinely remorseful. You clearly have potential and you've used your time in custody to the best possible advantage, working and studying."

The six-week trial, which concluded last month, heard how Mr Riddiough-Allen, who suffered a single "un-survivable" knife wound inflicted by Hill, was the fifth person to be stabbed in the "knife rampage". The much-loved rugby player was unarmed and had been trying to separate the various fighting groups when he was fatally injured.

Taylor punched the deceased several times to the head as he lay on the road in a defensive position. Taylor initially denied the charges against her but later admitted her involvement during the trial, changing her pleas to guilty part-way through.

On sentencing, Her Honour Mrs Justice Cutts rejected Jake Hill’s reasons for carrying the knife, saying that "experience shows that those who carry them are quick to use them", but that there is "no justifications for carrying a weapon in a public place".

She told Hill he had no reason to be carrying a knife, let alone one as dangerous as this one, and that he " liked the image of being a hardman" and showed not "one shred of remorse" and "absolutely no regret".

Detective Inspector Ilona Rosson, from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Michael Riddiough-Allen tried to protect those around him and disarm a man who felt the need to carry a knife. In doing so, he tragically he lost his life.

“This case highlights the devastation and irreversible damage that carrying and using a knife can cause. No good can come from it.

“This was an incredibly complex and challenging investigation. I would like to thank the investigation team for their tireless dedication to bringing the offenders to justice.

“I’d also like to thank the family of Michael Riddiough-Allen and the surviving victims. They have supported our investigation through the most challenging of times and I commend them for the strength and courage they have shown.

“I hope that the sentences imposed by the judge and the conclusion of this case brings them some closure.”