Two men convicted of murdering Ian Tomlin with bat in Battersea

|News, Violent crime

Two men have been convicted of murdering a man steps away from his front door after he confronted them about drug dealing in the area.

Forty-seven-year-old Ian Tomlin was attacked with a baseball bat and stabbed in the neck inside the communal area of Cromwell House in Battersea where he lived, on 17 October last year.

His neighbour Gary Beech, 48, and co-defendant Michael Swan, 45, denied murdering him during a trial at the Old Bailey which began last month. Today [Wednesday, 8 May] they were both found guilty. Swan was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice after he revealed the location of the bat used in the attack some four months after the murder.

Steve Harris, from the CPS, said: "This was a sustained and ferocious attack on a family man. Together Beech and Swan overpowered Mr Tomlin, who was just a little over five feet. They rained blows to his head with so much force that the baseball bat split into two. They also attacked Mr Tomlin whilst he was defenceless on the ground.

"The strong prosecution case included DNA evidence and CCTV footage of the violence, as well as images of the defendants leaving the scene, while Mr Tomlin took his last breaths.

"I hope today's verdict provides the family and friends of Mr Tomlin with some degree of closure. Our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time."

Notes to editors

  • Gary Beech [DOB: 26.07.1970] is from Battersea in Wandsworth.
  • Michael Swan [10.05.1972] is from Putney in Wandsworth.
  • Steve Harris is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the homicide team at CPS London North.

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