Man found guilty of attempted murder
A man who attacked, knifed and set fire to a man he claimed had made a pass at a friend's girlfriend has been found guilty of attempted murder.
Today (5 June 2019) Edward Crompton, 25, from Litherland, has been found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of trying to kill Joseph Holding at a flat in Willoughby Road in Waterloo in Liverpool on 9 November 2018.
Two other men, Thomas Barnes, 36, and Ben Shields, 28, were acquitted of attempted murder and arson.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Edward Crompton attacked Mr Holding because he claimed he had made a pass at a friend's girlfriend a couple of nights before. Mr Holding has always denied this and said he and Taylor Brown had spent the night chatting and drinking and had been sitting on separate couches.
On the night of the attack, Mr Holding heard banging on his door. He opened the door and was confronted by Crompton and another man who went on the run after the incident.
Mr Holding was hit with a knife and he fell back onto the stairs in the narrow corridor. He was then cut several times with a knife and petrol was poured over him and set alight.
Mr Holding managed to push Crompton and the other man out of the flat and put out the flames on his body by jumping in the shower. He jumped out of a window to escape the flames in the flat and alerted his neighbours who also got out of the property and raised the alarm.
Keith Drummond of Mersey Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: "This was a brutal and totally unjustified attack on a man who has been left with horrific injuries, including extensive burns and knife wounds.
"Mr Holding is lucky to have survived his injuries. The police interviewed him in his hospital bed as they thought he was about to die.
"Crompton had been part of the planning for this attack and had gone to the flat, armed with knives and petrol.
"This was a complicated prosecution to build. There were 160 witness statements and lots of evidence to examine to place the defendant at the scene of the crime.
"There were also lots of challenging requests from the defence. One man has been found guilty of trying to kill Mr Holding. The two other defendants have been found not guilty and we respect the decision of the jury. Another man played his part in this incident and the work to bring him to justice will continue."