Chris Carroll convicted of murder of Darren Kelly


Chris Carroll, 20, was sentenced to life imprisonment today with a minimum tariff of 21 years for murdering a man he wrongly thought was a paedophile. Three teenagers who were on trial alongside Mr Carroll were acquitted yesterday.

Mr Kelly, 42, was repeatedly punched, kicked and then stabbed to death near his home in Basildon on 20 October 2015.

Prosecuting lawyer for the CPS in the East of England, Nicola Rutter, said: "A 15-year-old girl had told her co-accused that the man was a paedophile and they agreed to go with her to meet him. Together with Mr Carroll and two 17-year-old youths, she arranged to meet Mr Kelly in Caister Drive, Basildon.

"There was no evidence to suggest that Mr Kelly was a paedophile, but Mr Carroll had decided that he should punish him and did so in the most cruel and undignified way. The three teenagers all denied responsibility for Mr Kelly's murder and the jury has found them not guilty.

"Chris Carroll carried out a vicious and horrific attack, and has taken away a life so brutally and needlessly. We hope that this verdict will bring some comfort to the family and friends of Mr Kelly."