Man convicted for the murder of his brother following family funeral

25/07/2014

Mark Hayes, 53, was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of his brother Sean Hayes on 27 April 2013. He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 22 years imprisonment.

Jenny Hopkins, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was a tragic case where a long-running family feud resulted in murder.

"On 27 April 2013 Mark Hayes used excessive and unjustified violence in his response to the events around him and his actions sadly cost his brother's life.

"Tensions were running high the day before the murder following the funeral of Tommy Hayes, the brother of both the defendant and the victim.

"After attending separate wakes the hostility between the two brothers came to a head when Sean attended Mark Hayes' house in the early hours.

"An altercation broke out and Mark Hayes responded by getting a large kitchen knife and stabbing Sean in the chest. This was not self-defence, Sean was already on the ground when he was stabbed and posed no threat.

"Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this tragedy."