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Kidderminster man jailed for murder after guilty verdict

A 23-year-old man from Kidderminster has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder.

Henry Jones

Henry Lewis Jones, of Offmore Road, Kidderminster, was sentenced today (Wednesday 13 September) at Worcester Crown Court after being found guilty of the murder of 55 year old Mark Beresford earlier this year.

Jones will serve a minimum of 18 years.

On Friday 24 March paramedics were called to a property on Offmore Road, Kidderminster, at around 8.30pm. On arrival, they found that Mark Beresford had sustained serious head injuries. He was taken to hospital where he later died. A police investigation was launched after hospital staff reported their concerns around the cause of his injuries.

Jones, who was charged with Mark's murder on 28 March, had originally claimed that Mark had fallen over in the kitchen at the house where they both lived. The jury agreed that his account of the incident was false and found him guilty of murder.

West Mercia Police Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Harding said: "It was shown throughout the course of the trial that Jones lied right to the end; however the jury rejected that he acted in self defence.

"This has been a difficult trial for Mark's family to be witness to, particularly with the lack of remorse shown by Jones. They have acted with dignity throughout which I thank them for.

"I'd also like to thank the witnesses who gave evidence and helped to secure the conviction."


Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 13/09/17