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Man guilty of walking stick death

Kathleen Johnson and Paul Slack
Kathleen Johnson and Paul Slack were found guilty over the killing

A 46-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a grandfather by forcing a walking stick down his throat.

Paul Slack, of no fixed address, killed Alan Bowles, 64, at his home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

David Comer, 39, of Great Yarmouth, was found not guilty of manslaughter and murder but admitted perverting the course of justice.

Kathleen Johnson, 57, also of no fixed address, was convicted of manslaughter and admitted assault causing ABH.

Mr Bowles's stick was inserted into his body to a depth of 9in (22cms), jurors at Norwich Crown Court heard.

They were also told Slack had taken 50 from Mr Bowles the night before the attack in May last year.

When Mr Bowles confronted Slack about it, his walking stick was thrust down his throat and he died of his injuries.

Slack and Johnson are due to be sentenced on Thursday.

Comer was given bail and will return to court next month after pre-sentence reports are compiled.


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