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Harlow man found guilty of attempted murder

Crime / Wed 6th Sep 2017 at 11:23am

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A MAN from Harlow has been found guilty of attempted murder of a man in The Downs.

The jury of six men and six women returned a unanimous verdict at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

Osa Akpata, aged 21, of YMCA, Bishops Stortford, was charged with attacking Robert Summerville on Thursday January 26th, 2017.

His accomplice, Charlie Knight pled guilty to wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon at the beginning of the trial.

Akpata’s defence hinged on identification. He had claimed that he was at his grandparent’s house in Abbotsweld in Harlow whilst the offence took place.

It appears he was depending on whether anyone could without a doubt identify him from CCTV footage of him running away from the scene.

Akpata will be sentenced at a later date.

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