Man convicted of murder after stabbing innocent bystander at pub

23/12/2016

A man who stabbed an innocent bystander who had objected to him threatening a barmaid has been found guilty of murder by an Old Bailey jury today.

Aiden O'Mahony, 60, was watching a football match in a Hornchurch pub with friends on January 10, 2016, when they were confronted for no reason by James Roberts, who had been drinking and arguing at a nearby table with his father.

Roberts, 32, was convicted at the Central Criminal Court today after a majority verdict and will be sentenced on 6 January 2017.

Devi Kharran, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "Mr O'Mahony was relaxing with friends watching the game when he crossed paths with James Roberts who was at that moment looking for someone to pick a fight with.

"He bravely spoke up when Roberts threatened a barmaid, and that was enough for Roberts to lunge at him with a knife.

"Roberts excuse that he felt in fear of his life in that moment and that he had used the fishing knife to protect himself was a desperate and obvious lie to escape the truth that he had murdered Mr O'Mahony.

"He is now facing a life prison sentence. Our sympathies go out to Mr O'Mahony's family and friends and we hope today's conviction provides some small consolation for what happened."