Man cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter
A JURY has found a Harpenden man not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter following the death of a former seaman he had attacked and left in a vegetative state nearly five years ago. Daniel Gorman, aged 22, of Longfield Road, was sentenced in 2004
A JURY has found a Harpenden man not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter following the death of a former seaman he had attacked and left in a vegetative state nearly five years ago.
Daniel Gorman, aged 22, of Longfield Road, was sentenced in 2004 to six years in a young offenders institution after being found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on 57-year-old Edward Nelson in the assault in September 2003..
But the victim died in 2006 as a result of pneumonia directly linked to the injuries he suffered and his attacker was rearrested and charged with murder.
A jury at Ipswich Crown Court, where Gorman was on trial this week, cleared him of murder but found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
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The court heard how Gorman, who lived in Lowestoft at the time of the attack, allegedly carried out the assault because of unfounded allegations that Mr Nelson was a child molester.
But in evidence, Gorman claimed another man was responsible for causing Mr Nelson's horrific injuries.
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Judge John Devaux will sentence Gorman at a later date after reports are compiled.