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Man found guilty of the manslaughter of a cyclist and convicted for attacking woman with a snooker cue

Tom Rogers died after being stabbed several times with a knife in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Swindon man's been convicted for killing a 60 year old cyclist and attacking a woman with a snooker cue.

29 year old Jason Voong stabbed 60-year-old Aulton (Tom) Rogers on a cycle path between the Oasis Leisure Centre and Station Roadin the town in June, just weeks after assaulting Leanne James on her way home from work at the same spot.

From the outset Voong admitted to killing Tom, but pleaded not guilty to his murder as he was suffering from a recognised mental disorder. Today he was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Voong was also found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on 23 year old Leanne James, who he attacked on the same cycle path in May 2014.

“Tom was brutally killed by Voong as he cycled home from his job at the Woodlands Edge pub in Peatmoor. This was a totally unprovoked attack and, tragically, it appears that Tom was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Tom’s death took place just over a month after Leanne James was left with serious head injuries after she was attacked by Voong on the same cycle path. Thankfully, she survived this attack.

Voong is a violent and very dangerous individual who has twice randomly attacked members of the public with no apparent motive."

– Superintendent Sean Memory

Voong will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.

Body found as police search for missing Swindon man

Paul Griffiths went missing on 29th September Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police searching for a missing man from Swindon have found a body. 60 year old Paul Griffiths was reported missing on 29th September. The body was found yesterday in Bristol during an organised search.

Although formal identification has not completed, police have updated Paul’s family of this development.

Support for schoolmates of young man who died in Canadian boat tragedy

18-year-old Stephen Thomas and his father David. Credit: ITV News

Pupils at Isambard Community School in Swindon are to be offered extra support following the death of former pupil Stephen Thomas.

18-year-old Stephen died along with his father David Thomas in a Canadian whale watching tragedy a week ago. The boat they were on capsized and sank, killing six people. It's the first day back for students of his former school.


Tributes pour in for 'talented young man'

Stephen Thomas, 18, and his father died after a whale watching boat sank off Tofino in Canada. Credit: ITV News

Stephen Thomas, was an aspiring photographer, winning several awards.

He won first place in the Down's Syndrome Association's My Perspective Photography Competition. It's a place where the 18 year-old will be remembered fondly:

"Everyone at The Down’s Syndrome Association and the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group were deeply saddened to hear the news of the deaths of Stephen and David Thomas.

Stephen was a very talented young man and a gifted photographer. His love of photography started when he was 8 years old. We were all delighted when Stephen’s beautiful image ‘Moraine Lake’ won the national ‘My Perspective’ photographic competition last year.

Stephen’s father David was a huge supporter of the Down’s Syndrome Association and one of the driving forces behind the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group where he was a Trustee.

All of our thoughts and condolences are with the Thomas family at this terrible time."

– Carol Boys, CEO, Down’sSyndrome Association

Swindon's MP in touch with Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Following the news that two Swindon men have died in the Canadian boat tragedy, Swindon's MP Robert Buckland has tweeted he is in contact with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to get more information.

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