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King's Lynn man cleared of teenager's manslaughter

A South Lynn man has been cleared of manslaughter following a street disturbance in Lynn last summer.

A jury at Norwich Crown Court took less than three hours to find Liam Russell, 32, of Metcalfe Avenue, South Lynn, not guilty of the manslaughter of Reece Hornibrook, 17.

Russell himself showed little emotion as the verdict was read out, but there were cries of "yes" from some of his supporters in the public gallery.

Norwich Crown Court(31247181)
Norwich Crown Court(31247181)

Members of Reece's family broke down in tears at the decision with some walking out of the courtroom altogether. Others were heard to comment "so wrong".

Prior to the verdict being read out, Judge Anthony Bate spoke to those in the public gallery.

He said they had thus far conducted themselves with dignity, and reminded them that, with the possibility of the verdict creating an emotive reaction, they should continue to show this dignity or otherwise leave the courtroom.

The jury of eight men and four women returned a unanimous not guilty verdict after two hours and 39 minutes of deliberation.

Following the decision, investigating officer, Det Insp Lewis Craske, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team said: "This is a tragic case in which there are no winners.

"The jury have decided that Mr Russell’s actions were lawful and that he acted in self-defence and we respect their decision.”

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