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Man guilty of Bodmin murder

Jake Hill was also convicted of four counts of Section 18 wounding with intent by a jury at Truro Crown Court. He was found not guilty of one count of Section 18 wounding with intent.

Hill fatally wounded 32-year-old Mr Riddiough-Allen and slashed and stabbed other victims with a tactical kombat knife he had hidden in bushes while on a night out.

The incident occurred during an altercation on Castle Canyke Road in the early hours of 30 April 2023.

Mr Riddiough-Allen, from Liskeard, was an innocent bystander who tried to intervene and disarm Hill, the court heard.

Chelsea Powell, aged 22 of Granny’s Green, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter. She was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Tia Taylor, also 22, of Northey Road, admitted charges during the trial of manslaughter and perverting the course of justice.

Powell and Taylor both deliberately lied to frustrate the police in their investigation.

The court hear that Mr Riddiough-Allen suffered a single stab wound to his abdomen and died at the scene.

Hill was found hiding in the loft at Taylor’s address following the stabbing - after she told officers nobody else was home.

The convictions follow a six-week trial at Truro Crown Court. The case was adjourned for sentencing on 12 April.

Detective Constable Emma Norrish, of Devon & Cornwall Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We welcome the verdict reached by the jury after hearing the evidence and deliberating on their decisions.
“This has been a long and complex investigation and trial and we now await the sentencing of the three defendants.
“I hope the outcome reached today will begin to bring some closure to Michael’s family and friends, and to the surviving victims.”

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