Essex

Owen Wood guilty of 'gentle giant' car park killing

Owen Wood
Image caption Owen Wood is due to be sentenced in November

A man has been found guilty of killing a "gentle giant" attacked in an Essex car park.

Liam Holden, 35, died of a head injury from the attack in the car park in Grays on 10 March.

Owen Wood, 24, was convicted of manslaughter at Chelmsford Crown Court. His brother Ryan, 21, was found not guilty of murder.

Both men, of Godman Road, Grays, denied murder. Owen Wood will be sentenced on 11 November.

During the trial, the jury heard Mr Holden was followed by the brothers as he left a nightclub.

'Gentle giant'

Image caption Liam Holden was injured in a car park area near Morrisons supermarket on London Road in Grays

It is then alleged he was punched to the head before he was repeatedly kicked.

Owen Wood told the jury he acted in self defence and had been hit by Mr Holden's partner of 15 years Mandy Patient before he ended up in the fight with Mr Holden.

The jury was told Mr Holden, described as a "gentle giant" who worked in building security, "did not particularly like going out and spending time in nightclubs".

On the night he was fatally injured, he was out with Ms Patient to celebrate a friend's birthday.

After being injured he was taken to Romford's Queens Hospital but died a short time later.

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