Man jailed for life after killing flatmate

13/09/2017

A jury at Worcester Crown Court has today found a 23-year-old man guilty of the murder of his flatmate.

On 24 March 2017, the emergency services received a call from Henry Jones to state that the man he shared a property with had fallen in the kitchen and suffered serious head injuries.

Paramedics arrived at the property on Offmore Road, Kidderminster and they transferred Mark Beresford to the QE Hospital in Birmingham. Sadly he passed away from his injuries the following day.

Medical staff advised the police that the injuries were non-accidental. The defendant was arrested, initially he claimed that the victim had fallen in the kitchen, and as a result received his injuries. However the defendant later admitted to having an argument with Mr Beresford and striking him with an iron bar, but he insisted that this was in self-defence.

Today Jones has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 18 years to be served.

David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Henry Jones and Mark Beresford shared a property which also meant sharing the payments of the utility bills. However, when the victim realised that the defendant was refusing to pay his share of the bills, they had an argument.

"The defendant armed himself with an iron bar and hit Mr Beresford over the head. He then called the emergency services and tried to cover up his crime by claiming that the victim had fallen in the kitchen and injured himself, he later suggested that he acted in self-defence as he thought the victim was going to get a knife. The Jury rejected this and Henry Jones was found guilty of murder.

"Jones has been found guilty of his crime and he will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions. Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Beresford."