Teenager Not Guilty of Manslaughter

After a four day trial, the jury found Ben Rees, 19, not guilty of the manslaughter of Paul Stoneham who died after a fight at Chelmsford station taxi rank last year. In reply to his counsel’s question ‘Did you intend to cause him any serious injury?’ Rees, who admitted delivering a single punch, replied ‘No, I did not.’ The not guilty verdict caused an uproar in the court and Mr Rees, with his and his family and friends, was escorted from the building. The family of Paul Stoneham expressed their horror at the verdict.