Stoke & Staffordshire

Killer in flat Richard Kelly guilty of Brian Townley murder

Brian Townley
Image caption Brian "Nick" Townley's body was found in the flat last July

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 42-year-old man at a Staffordshire flat.

Brian Townley, known as Nick, from Dyke Street, Hanley, was found at the flat in Hempstalls Court, in Newcastle-under-Lyme last July.

Richard Kelly, 30, of Stoke-on-Trent, admitted manslaughter but was convicted of murder, which he had denied.

Det Insp Dave Johnston said: "This was a tragic ending to what should have been an ordinary night in."

'Neither sought help'

Thomas Heames, of Hempstalls Court, Newcastle, has previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice in relation to Mr Townley's death.

The three men were at Heames' flat on 16 July until the early hours of Tuesday 17, Mr Johnston said.

He said the two men remained in the flat after the attack on Mr Townley.

"Neither sought help for him despite his obvious injuries," he said.

Kelly, of Parkhead Drive, Weston Coyney, and Heames will be sentenced at 14:00 BST at Stafford Crown Court on Friday.

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