Northampton man found guilty of the murder of Jamie McMahon

A jury at Northampton Crown Court has found Michael Francis guilty of the murder of Jamie McMahon.

Michael Francis, aged 33, of St James Road, Northampton, has today (Thursday) been found guilty of both the murder and robbery of Mr McMahon.

Jamie McMahon

Jamie McMahon

Mr McMahon’s body was found in St Giles Churchyard in the town centre on October 2 last year.

Francis had denied murder and robbery during a nine-day trial at Northampton Crown Court.

Mark Lewis, aged 19, of Clickers Drive, Upton, Northampton, has already admitted killing the 26-year-old snooker club worker.

During the trial the court heard that Mr McMahon had been sitting on a bench in the churchyard shortly after 2am when he was attacked.

He tried to run away but had been forced to the ground and kicked at least seven times with ‘sufficient force’ in the head.

Mr McMahon suffered a fractured eye socket and an imprint of the sole of a trainer was left on his head.

He was left dead by the side of the path and his iPhone, wallet and cash were stolen.

The jury retired to consider its verdict at 11.30am on Wednesday morning. After hours of deliberation it reconvened on Thursday morning and returned a verdict of guilty on two charges.

Jurors were offered the option of finding Francis guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, but were convinced by the evidence that the offence was murder.