Woman jailed for murder - Banbury

15/10/2015

A woman appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Thursday, 15 October 2015, and was jailed for life and to serve a minimum of 18 years for the murder of a man in Banbury.

Natasha Capell, aged 26, of Jubilee Court, Banbury, was found unanimously guilty of the murder, by a jury, yesterday, Wednesday, 14 October 2015, after a seven day trial.

Just before 8am on Thursday, 16 April this year, South Central Ambulance Service received a 999 call following the collapse of a man at Jubilee Court in Banbury.  The man, 23-year-old Kyle Byfield, was taken to hospital where he died that morning.   A Post-Mortem examination established that Kyle died from a stab wound to the chest.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Natasha Capell flew into a drunken rage with Kyle Byfield after she had been drinking for many hours.

"The jury rejected her account of events and convicted her of the offence of murder.  They found that in using a 12-inch kitchen knife to stab him in the chest she intended to cause him really serious harm.

"Nothing can undo the loss that she has caused to Kyle's family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this time."

Senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, from the Major Crime Unit at Thames Valley Police, said: "I am pleased with today's sentence, which reflects the seriousness of this offence.

"Our condolences and thoughts remain with Kyles's family and friends. I would like to thank them for their support throughout this very difficult time. I hope today's outcome gives them some closure.

"I am grateful to the work of those in Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service which has helped in securing this murder conviction."