Tears were shed in the public gallery as 16-year-old Worksop boy Jadon Jackson was found guilty of unlawfully killing Glen Kitchens today (Thursday 31st October 2013).
An audible gasp of ‘yes’ was heard from Mr Kitchens’ family as the guilty verdict was delivered just before 4pm.
It had taken the jury just three hours to come to their unanimous decision that the teenager had indeed killed Mr Kitchens with a single punch on Saturday 6th April.
The Worksop Guardian can now name the defendant after the judge approved a legal challenge made by the paper to lift a naming ban.
Both families were in court to hear the verdict on day nine of the trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Judge Nigel Godsmark said: “Jadon Jackson, I am not going to sentence you today. But the outcome is inevitable, there is going to be a custodial sentence.”
“A man lost his life and that has to be marked.”
“But you are very young so I am going to have reports done to determine the appropriate length of sentence.”
Jackson was taken back into custody, where he has been since his arrest in April.
The judge adjourned sentencing until around the 22nd November.
Although some of Jackson’s family had already left the room, he told the court: “It is striking to me the way in which both families have conducted themselves with such dignity throughout this case.”