Two found guilty of murdering homeless man Denis Witney

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

TWO people have been found guilty of beating homeless man Denis Witney to death.

After a five-week trial at Oxford Crown Court,  a jury has today returned a unanimous guilty verdict against two of the three people accused of Mr Witney's murder.

Wayne Cattell, 37 of Mortimer Road, Rose Hill, and Daniel McCollin, 30, of Blay Close, Blackbird Leys, now face jail for a fatal assault on Mr Witney in November last year.

The third defendant Joanne Moriarty, 29 and also of Mortimer Road, Rose Hill, was found not guilty.

The attack took place inside a house in St Clement’s, Oxford, and left the 39-year-old with 26 separate injuries.

He was repeatedly punched, kicked, hit with a beer can and stamped on and later died in the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Cattell and McCollin are due to appear in Oxford Crown Court for sentence this afternoon.

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