Michael Wayne Carroll guilty of Alexander Blick manslaughter

Michael Wayne Carroll
Image caption The court heard Alexander Blick's blood was found on Michael Wayne Carroll's shoes and clothing

A man has been found guilty of beating a friend to death in the grounds of a Derbyshire library.

Michael Wayne Carroll, 44, denied the manslaughter of Alexander Blick, 42, whose body was found with head injuries in Matlock in October 2011.

Nottingham Crown Court heard the pair had been drinking all day before the attack but the motive remained a mystery.

Carroll, of Upper Greenhill Gardens, Matlock, will be sentenced on 29 April.

The court heard that when police traced Carroll he had Mr Blick's blood on his shoes and clothing.

Carroll was originally charged with murder but this was later changed to manslaughter.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Andy Stokes said: "We don't know why Carroll launched this particularly nasty attack on his friend and we may never know.

"I hope this conviction brings some form of closure for Mr Blick's friends and family, who have waited 18 months for justice."

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