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Guilty verdicts in Reece James death case

Four men have been convicted of the manslaughter of Reece James following a detailed investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team.



jarome_pwayne_stephenson_and_keifer_hutchinson_web.jpgarkinson_and_kieron_wellington_webThe 21-year-old Bournemouth man was shot at his address in Bournemouth, a flat at the junction of Roumelia Lane and Sea Road in Boscombe, on Wednesday 25 July 2012.

Kieron Kenroy Wellington, aged 30 and of no fixed abode, and three London men – Wayne Stephenson, aged 34, Keifer Hutchinson, aged 23, and Jarome Parkinson, aged 25 – were found guilty of manslaughter today, Thursday 6 June 2013.

Following Reece’s death, Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team launched an extensive investigation in Dorset and across the South of England – with enquiries leading officers to the London and Kent areas.

A number of appeals were issued to the public last summer, urging anyone with information to come forward and help the police bring those responsible to justice.

In August and September 2012 the four men were arrested and subsequently charged.

Wellington, Stephenson, Hutchinson and Parkinson will be sentenced tomorrow, Friday 7 June 2013.

Detective Superintendent Pam Trevillion, said: “This verdict comes at the end of a complex investigation by Dorset Police working together with our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police and Kent Police as well as the Crown Prosecution Service.

“My thoughts are with Reece’s family at this difficult time and I hope that today’s verdict provides them with some closure.”

A further defendant, a 23-year-old Bournemouth woman, was arrested and charged in September 2012. She was found not guilty by the jury on advice of the judge on Thursday 9 May 2013.

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