A couple face jail after being found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court of the killing of a Clacton man on New Year's Day .
Oliver Smith-Daye was attacked on Trimley Close shortly before 4.30am and died at Colchester General Hospital later that day. A post mortem examination later showed that the 29-year-old had died from head injuries.
Charlie Jacobs, 22, and his girlfriend Elisha Francois, 21, both of Trimley Close and her mother’s boyfriend, 42-year-old unemployed Alan Didier from Beckton in east London stood trial in connection with Mr Smith-Daye's death.
Following a three-week trial, Charlie Jacobs was found guilty of murder, Elisha Francois guilty of manslaughter and Alan Didier not guilty of any charge.
DCI Mark Hall, of Essex Police said: "A trivial encounter resulted in a wholly unnecessary, ferocious and cowardly attack by these two defendants, who together viciously punched and kicked Oliver, before leaving him for dead."
The officer paid tribute to the witnesses who gave evidence in the trial, adding: "Nothing sadly can bring Oliver back, but their refusal to be intimidated and their determination to do the right thing has ensured that justice has been done."On behalf of all those involved in this investigation, I would like to pay tribute to Oliver’s family. Throughout this trial they have had to face Oliver’s killers and listen as they sought to place the blame on Oliver; a version of events which this jury has rejected.
The family said Oliver had registered as an organ donor and said the fact that he had helped to save the lives of two people and improve the lives of four others was of some comfort.
Jacobs has been further remanded in court custody and Elisha Francois has been further remanded on court bail prior prior to their sentencing at Chelmsford Crown Court next month.