Gloucestershire

Quashed conviction man Tony Poole guilty of manslaughter

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionQuashed conviction man killed friend

A man who spent 13 years in prison before his murder conviction was quashed has been found guilty of killing his friend.

Martin Stokes, 30, fell from a Gloucester flat window after Tony Poole, 51, stabbed him in the eye.

Poole was also found guilty of unlawfully wounding friend Ben Clark.

He was previously jailed for life for murdering Hensley Wiltshire in 1989, but his conviction was overturned at the Court of Appeal in 2003.

Poole, who refused to attend court to hear the jury's verdict, is due to be sentenced in January.

Bristol Crown Court heard the row erupted after Mr Stokes teased Poole for wasting his compensation cash awarded after the murder conviction was quashed.

In an interview with the BBC in 2005, Poole told how he had spent the money on drink and drugs.

He said he was "screaming out for help" but not getting any.

Image caption Martin Stokes fell from a window as he tried to take evasive action after Poole stabbed him in the eye

In the latest trial, the court heard how Mr Stokes and Mr Clark were both teasing Poole at the flat in Nettleton Road, on 13 January, for not having any money.

Poole, of Melbourne Street East, grabbed two knives from the kitchen and stabbed Mr Stokes, who fell from a window of the ground floor-flat into the basement stairwell below, as he took evasive action. He died eight days later.

He also stabbed Mr Clark once in the chest.

Poole told the jury he acted in self defence because he feared he would be stabbed himself.

"In the world I live in you can stab people if they are going to stab you. I know the police are not going to see it like that," he said

"I reacted how I knew I had to. I never intended any injury or death."

Poole had always denied the 1989 murder.

He and Gary Mills, who died in 2012, were both convicted of the fatal stabbing of Mr Wiltshire, during a fight at a flat in Gloucester, and served 14 years in jail before their release.

Three appeal judges ruled that the convictions were unsafe for two main reasons.

One was non-disclosure of material. The second related to a document wrongly put before the jury which was "unfairly prejudicial" to both men.

Poole will be sentenced on 9 January.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites