Laindon murder trial: Jury returns verdict on boy accused of murdering Essex dad James Gibbons

A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the murder of a father of four.

James Gibbons was murdered outside his home in Iris Mews, Laindon, Essex, on May 2, 2021, at around 9.30pm.

He had been celebrating his twin daughters’ second birthday at the time of the fatal stabbing.

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Emergency services rushed to the scene, where they found Mr Gibbons suffering from several stab wounds.

But despite the best efforts of paramedics, father-of-four Mr Gibbons sadly died at the scene.

The scene in Iris Mews

A murder investigation was subsequently launched by Essex Police, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with his murder.

The 16-year-old defendant has since been found guilty of murder at Chelmsford Crown Court today (November 3).

The court heard that the 16-year-old had stabbed James Gibbons after the 34-year-old challenged a group of youths who were harassing a homeless man in Laindon in Essex.

Mr Gibbons was stabbed four times and died on May 2 this year.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed he was acting in self-defence and denied murder, but was found guilty by a majority verdict of 10 to two following a trial.

Family members of the defendant wept in court as the jury returned its verdict.

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