Man cleared of V Festival murder

Echo: Sam Martin Sam Martin

A KILLER has been cleared of murdering a man at a party only yards from last year's V music festival.

Sam Martin had been accused of carrying out a "brutal and sustained" attack that left Anton Jardin dead in the garden of a house.

A Chelmsford Crown Court jury found him not guilty on the murder charge. But Martin admitted the manslaughter of Mr Jardin, 39, of Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, and is due to be sentenced on that charge tomorrow.

He said he had only hit his victim with a single punch, and there had been no kicking or stamping.

Martin, 26, of Eastwood Road, Leigh, nodded his head and there was gasps from the public gallery as the verdict was announced.

Mr Jardin’s family said they were “disappointed” with the verdict.

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6:14pm Mon 4 Feb 13

xenophobia says...

Well done jury you reached the correct decision.
Well done jury you reached the correct decision. xenophobia
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7:00pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Pounder says...

Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared?
Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared? Pounder
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7:19pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Soouthchurch59 says...

Pounder wrote:
Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared?
'But Martin admitted the manslaughter of Mr Jardin'

In the above circumstances, yes.
[quote][p][bold]Pounder[/bold] wrote: Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared?[/p][/quote]'But Martin admitted the manslaughter of Mr Jardin' In the above circumstances, yes. Soouthchurch59
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8:20pm Mon 4 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

Pounder wrote:
Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared?
Manslaughter = The unlawful KILLING of a human being without malice or premeditation

He was very lucky to get off the murder charge, it could have easily gone the other way with a different jury.
[quote][p][bold]Pounder[/bold] wrote: Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared?[/p][/quote]Manslaughter = The unlawful KILLING of a human being without malice or premeditation He was very lucky to get off the murder charge, it could have easily gone the other way with a different jury. supermadmax
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8:56pm Mon 4 Feb 13

jaguarxxv says...

Pounder wrote:
Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared?
If not a killer then a "man slaughterer"
which is worse?

A murder is premeditated.
[quote][p][bold]Pounder[/bold] wrote: Can you really legally call him 'a killer' if he's been cleared?[/p][/quote]If not a killer then a "man slaughterer" which is worse? A murder is premeditated. jaguarxxv
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6:53am Tue 5 Feb 13

halojump says...

so whilst high on drugs these druggies can do what they like and claim a lesser charge. what a waste of space martin's is.
so whilst high on drugs these druggies can do what they like and claim a lesser charge. what a waste of space martin's is. halojump
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8:58pm Tue 5 Feb 13

thereisonly1jp says...

xenophobia wrote:
Well done jury you reached the correct decision.
Was that sarcasm, or are you a friend of the scumbag? As you seem to be highly informed of the incident, would you be so kind as to share with everyone why you think it is the correct decision, or are you one of those regular Echo reading busy bodies who comments on every story without having any more information other than a badly reported and written article!
[quote][p][bold]xenophobia[/bold] wrote: Well done jury you reached the correct decision.[/p][/quote]Was that sarcasm, or are you a friend of the scumbag? As you seem to be highly informed of the incident, would you be so kind as to share with everyone why you think it is the correct decision, or are you one of those regular Echo reading busy bodies who comments on every story without having any more information other than a badly reported and written article! thereisonly1jp
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6:05pm Wed 6 Feb 13

stjohns says...

xenophobia wrote:
Well done jury you reached the correct decision.
You couldn't be more wrong.
[quote][p][bold]xenophobia[/bold] wrote: Well done jury you reached the correct decision.[/p][/quote]You couldn't be more wrong. stjohns
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6:13pm Thu 7 Feb 13

watnocky says...

scum
scum watnocky
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