Man guilty of killing friend with replica Lord of the Rings sword

06/11/2013

A man who stabbed to death a friend with a Lord of the Rings replica short sword has today been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of his manslaughter.

During the evening of 24 April 2013, Richard Reece, aged 19, had been drinking with a group of friends, which included the 21-year-old victim, Danny Jones, at Reece's address in Oswestry.

The defendant and the victim had an argument and started to fight, which spilled outside into a car park. The victim chased the defendant, who ran home, picked up a replica Lord of the Rings short sword, returned to the car park outside and stabbed Mr Jones once to the stomach.

The defendant then ran off while his friends called the emergency services. The victim was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where he died from his injuries.

An investigation was launched by the police and Reece was arrested soon after.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This was an extremely tragic case. What should have been a pleasant evening with a few friends enjoying some drinks has ended with a young man being stabbed to death and losing his life.

"Danny Jones had been drinking at the defendant's address in Oswestry. They began arguing which escalated into the two of them fighting. As the victim got the better of Reece, the defendant ran back home, only to emerge a few seconds later carrying a replica short sword. There was a further confrontation during which Mr Jones sustained a single stab wound that proved to be fatal.

"Reece was arrested by the police and claimed that he stabbed the victim accidentally and that he only intended to frighten the victim by producing the sword. The jury, having had an opportunity to listen to all of the evidence, has rejected his defence and he has today been found guilty of the manslaughter of Danny Jones.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Danny Jones and we hope that today's verdict can bring some closure to their loss."