Man convicted of murdering his great-uncle

|News, Violent crime

A 33-year-old man has been convicted of the murder of his great-uncle.

Adam Mason, of Droitwich, was found guilty today (12 March 2020) of the murder of Desmond Wooding, 80, at his home in Droitwich following the trial at Worcester Crown Court. His uncle Mark Mason, 55, also of Droitwich, was convicted of assisting an offender.

Both men will be sentenced on 25 March.

David Rouse, of the CPS, said: “This was a vicious attack on a vulnerable 80-year-old man in his own home by his great-nephew. Desmond Wooding died as a result of several stab wounds inflicted by Adam Wooding, who then persuaded his uncle Mark Mason to drive him away from the scene. He later denied going to Desmond Wooding’s home, and Mark Mason denied assisting his nephew in getting away from the scene of his crime.

“The police carried out a thorough and detailed investigation including analysis of a large number of CCTV recordings, locating witnesses and obtaining telephone evidence relevant to the case. The evidence all showed that it could only have been Adam Mason who killed Mr Wooding, and Mark Mason’s vehicle was shown on the CCTV driving away from the scene.

“I would like to commend the police and prosecuting team for the great  work carried out to gather the evidence and present it to the court in the most persuasive way, and I hope that this outcome provides some degree of closure to Mr Wooding’s family for their tragic loss.”

Notes to editors

  • David Rouse is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands.

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