Hereford & Worcester

Man convicted of boy's manslaughter in Hereford

Daren Loader
Image caption Daren died in hospital after an attack near his home

A man has been convicted of a 17-year-old boy's manslaughter in Hereford.

Andrej Mackevic, 29, of no fixed abode, was found guilty over Daren Loader's death after a second trial.

The court heard that Virunas Kalasnikovas, 25, who admitted murder, attacked Daren with a pole in March 2009 as part of a revenge attack.

Mackevic was also convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm. The two men are expected to be sentenced later this month.

'Very frustrating'

Daren died in hospital on 13 March 2009 after an attack near his home in Whitecross Road, Hereford, the previous evening.

A girl was also injured.

Worcester Crown Court heard Daren was attacked with a wooden pole after Mackevic had earlier been assaulted by the teenage boy's acquaintances.

Kalasnikovas pleaded guilty in July 2009.

A jury failed to reach a majority verdict in Mackevic's trial in April this year.

Speaking after the conclusion of the second trial, Det Ch Insp Lee Davenport said: "We are pleased we have a guilty verdict and would like to thank the victim's family for their patience during these matters.

"It must have been very frustrating for them to sit through the first trial in April and not get a result.

"Justice has now been done."

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