Man who befriended victim at local pub convicted of murder
Darren Barnes, 48, has today been convicted of murder for killing Edwin Bradley, 65, on the 2 July 2018. Barnes was found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court following trial.
Barnes and the victim became close associates and spent time at each other’s homes during the months preceding July. A neighbour contacted the police on the 6 July 2018 following concerns over not seeing Mr Bradley for a few days and reporting that a foul smell was emanating from his flat.
Police discovered the victim’s badly decomposed body under a stack of household items. Barnes was arrested at a public house in Matlock on 27 July 2018.
The sentence will take place at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 17 January.
Samantha Dixon, from the CPS, said:
“The offender did not return to his home address after the first few days of July and returned to Derby spending time at a variety of addresses. Upon his arrest he made unsolicited admissions to the murder and provided an explanation for why he carried out the killing.
“Barnes later denied this claiming that he was joking. However, the CPS was able to provide evidence to support the accuracy of that account which contributed to the strength of the prosecution case.
“This was a vicious case involving an unprovoked attack. He will now face the consequences of his actions.
“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of the victim.”
Notes to editors
- Samantha Dixon is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the CPS West Midlands.
- Darren Edwin Barnes (10/11/1970) was convicted of murder.