Man serving sentence for assault found guilty of murder

A 28-year-old man who was serving a prison sentence for an assault has been found guilty of murder after his victim died from injuries sustained in the incident five years later.

Joseph Moran, of HMP Oakwood, was today (Tuesday 23 June) found guilty of the murder of Fred Sluggett by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years. The four years he has already served for the assault will count towards this term.

In November 2011 Moran was convicted of assaulting Mr Sluggett as he tried to return to a party he had previously gatecrashed in St Austell Road, Thurnby Lodge. The assault took place in the early hours of May 16 2009.

Mr Sluggett sustained knife injuries to his head and chest in the assault. A knife severed an artery inside his head and caused a substantial bleed on his brain.

His injuries were so severe that he had no recollection of what happened, required round the clock care and was totally dependent on others.

Mr Sluggett died on July 25 2014 as a result of the injuries sustained in the assault five years earlier. He was 61-years-old.

Moran was arrested from HMP Oakwood shortly after his death and subsequently charged with his murder.

Detective Sergeant Simon Collington, who lead the investigation into the assault and Mr Sluggett’s death, said: “On May 16 2009 Fred’s life, and that of his family, changed forever due to the actions of Moran.

“Fred had no recollection of the assault and was left needing round the clock care.

“Moran has never shown any remorse for his actions that day and their subsequent consequences.

“Throughout all this time Fred’s family have shown immense courage and bravery and have acted with dignity throughout.

“While I know they will never be able to truly put this behind them, I hope today’s verdict finally offers some sort of closure.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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