Essex

Clacton killing: pair jailed for Oliver Smith-Daye killing

Oliver Smith-Daye
Image caption The family of Oliver Smith-Daye have described him as "funny, intelligent and loving"

A mother-of-two and her former boyfriend have been jailed for beating a man to death

Oliver Smith-Daye, 29, was found fatally injured in Trimley Close, Clacton, Essex, on New Year's Day.

Chelmsford Crown Court found Charlie Jacobs, of Beach Road in Clacton, guilty of murder and Elisha Francois, of Harold Hill, guilty of manslaughter.

Jacobs, 22, was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 and a half years while Francois, 22, was given six years.

In addition to her prison term, Judge Christopher Ball QC told Francois when she was released she would be on extended licence for five years. It means she will be kept under supervision during that time.

'Repeatedly punched'

Image caption Charlie Jacobs had a history of violent offending

During the two-week trial earlier this summer, the jury heard how Mr Smith-Daye, a carpenter from Clacton, had been "subjected to a brutal and sustained assault".

The court was told Mr Smith-Daye had been at a party next door to where Francois was staying with her mother.

He left in the early hours of New Year's Day but realised he had left his keys in the house so returned to get them.

When he called: "Come on, wake up" through the letterbox, Francois shouted from her window that he was waking her child, the jury was told.

The court heard how Francois then came out and attacked Mr Smith-Daye, before she was joined by Jacobs.

Image caption Elisha Francois was jailed for six years with five years on licence

'Heartless and vicious'

Mr Smith-Daye was "struck, stamped on and repeatedly punched".

He died later that day at Colchester General Hospital.

In a statement released after the hearing, Mr Smith-Daye's family said: "The assault on Oli was brutal and unprovoked.

"The extreme force of the punches and kicks were delivered with such ferocity and savagery as to leave him lying unconscious.

"Oli was funny, intelligent and loving and his life was taken away by this heartless, vicious attack."

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