A TEENAGER convicted of trying to help his pal cover up a murder has been handed another detention order for being caught with weapons and cannabis.

Kieron Elliott was part of a gang who cleaned up killer Kieran Hayward at a Premier Inn in Colchester after he had stabbed Daniel Saunders to death in Ipswich last December.

Elliott, now 18, was arrested days after along with Hayward and other members of the Rico and Frank drug gang as they tried to hide him at a caravan park in St Osyth.

After a trial at Ipswich Crown Court, Hayward, of Hasted Close, Bury St Edmunds, was convicted of murder and handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 19 years.

Five others - including Elliott - were convicted of assisting an offender. He was given an 18 month detention and training order.

But he was hauled back before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court last month where he admitted possession of a knuckle duster in Colchester High Street and having a knife in a sheath in Castle Park as well as a small amount of cannabis.

Appearing via video link because he was already serving his sentence, Elliott, of Stanford Road, Colchester, was given an additional four month detention and training order.

Magistrates handed out the punishment because of the number of offences involved and because he was found with two weapons "capable of causing serious injury in a place where it is well known drug dealing takes place."

They also said there was a real danger the weapons could be used during the incident in July last year.

He must also pay a £30 victim surcharge while both weapons and the drugs are destroyed.

Others convicted of helping try to cover up the death of Mr Saunders were Benjamin Gosbell, 20, of Gratian Close, Colchester, who was handed 30 months in jail, Arjun Jadeja,18, of The Nook, Wivenhoe who was given 30 months detention in a young offender institution and Olusola Durojaiye, 33, of Appleton Mews, Colchester who was given a 12 month prison term suspended for two years.