Man sentenced to life for killing friend

17/12/2012

A 39 year-old man was today found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of the murder of his friend last November in Dudley and sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

Following a two week long trial, a jury found William Spence guilty of the murder of Kevin Jones as well as of assaulting the victims 75 year-old mother.

Kerry Moreton, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"William Spence and the victim, Kevin Jones, were friends and on bonfire night, 2011, both were at the home of the victim's elderly mother when they became involved in an argument over attending a firework display.

"This argument quickly escalated, turned physical and resulted in a fight between the two men. Spence then threw the victim down the stairs, retrieved a hammer from Kevin's bedroom and launched a brutal attack on him.

"On hearing the commotion, Mr Jones's elderly mother, went downstairs to investigate what was happening. Seeing her son lying motionless at the bottom of the stairs, she lay on top of him trying in vain to protect him from Spence's attacks. However, the defendant continued with his assault, which also resulted in Mr Jones's mother being struck a number of times on the legs.

"The defendant then fled the scene and Mr Jones's mother called the emergency services. When they arrived, Mr Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Spence would later surrender himself to the police and he was arrested and charged with murder.

"This was an extremely tragic case that started with a minor argument over whether they should go to a firework display and which then escalated with fatal consequences.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Kevin Jones."