Man found guilty of manslaughter after narrow boat double killing

30/06/2009

The CPS brought a case of murder against Mr Cranston on the basis that the deliberate stabbing of two people, even in circumstances of sexual infidelity, could not be justified as manslaughter by virtue of provocation.

The CPS recognises that a jury must be free to apply its own standards of reasonable provocation and accepts the verdict in this case.

Mr Cranston stands convicted of two counts of manslaughter, and any sentence in this extremely serious case is likely to be substantial.

This was an appalling case and our thoughts are with the families and friends of Kay Morton and Paul Wilkins at this time.

Notes To Editors

1. For more information please contact Lucy Chapman on 01189 513640 or 07764 212062 or by email lucy.chapman@cps.gsi.gov.uk 

2. The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:

  • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
  • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Presenting cases at court

3. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 85.1% in 2007-2008. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk

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