Kent

Two men guilty of Gus Allman murder in Folkestone

Gus Allman Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Gus Allman was stabbed at an address in Folkestone and pronounced dead two hours later

Two men who stabbed a young man to death following a drug deal have been found guilty of murder.

Gus Allman, 20, was found with fatal injuries in the Dover Road area of Folkestone, Kent, on 19 February.

Timothy Avril, 22, of Hindmans Road, East Dulwich, south-east London, and Damian Daley, 39, of London Street in Folkestone, were convicted following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

They are due to be sentenced on 18 December.

Four other people are also due to be sentenced at the same hearing after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

The four include Laura Smith, 38, of Harvey Street in Folkestone, and Michael Williams, 20, of Dulwich Common, East Dulwich.

The other two were Melech Marshall, 19, of Nettleton Road, New Cross, south-east London, and Dean Alford, 20, of Kings Road, Aylesham in Kent, who pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing.

Repeatedly stabbed

Mr Allman, from London, had travelled to Folkestone with Marshall, Alford and Williams on 19 February, the court heard.

Shortly before 19:30 GMT, they went to the home address of Daley and Smith in London Street in a car driven by Alford.

When Marshall knocked on the door he was greeted by Avril and the two went inside before Smith joined them.

Smith and Marshall exchanged a quantity of heroin before Marshall left.

Shortly afterwards, Mr Allman entered the property but left moments later, being chased by Daley.

He had been stabbed seven times.

Mr Allman was then taken in the car to Wood Avenue, near Dover Road, where he was helped out of the vehicle to await the arrival of an ambulance.

He was pronounced dead at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford just before 21:30 GMT.

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