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Vincent Harry found guilty of murder

December 5, 2012, 1:40 pm

A man has been found guilty of murder following a trial at The Old Bailey in London.

Vincent Harty, 39, from Wakering Avenue in Shoebury, was found guilty by a jury at the London court today, Wednesday, December 5, of the murder of 53-year-old Roy Sly from Station Road, Westcliff.

He was on trial alongside Peter Smith, 37, from Furnace Row in Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil who was found not guilty.

Lisa Turner, 32, from Snake Lane in Southend, had previously pleaded guilty to the murder.

Both her and Harty will now be sentenced back at The Old Bailey on December 20.

Mr Slys body was found inside his flat on Tuesday, January 10.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Godfrey OToole, who is now retired from the force, said: “The barbaric and murderous attack inflicted upon Roy was sustained over a long period of time with an extreme level of torturous violence of which I am in no doubt was intended by his attackers to cause as much pain, suffering and fear as was possible. No mercy was given to this frail and vulnerable man at the time and not an ounce of remorse has been shown since by any those convicted of his murder. Throughout this investigation and the trial, where they were exposed to some of most gruesome detail of what took place, Roys family have behaved with the utmost dignity and restraint. I sincerely hope that these convictions and the sentences handed down will bring about a degree of closure them. They have done Roy proud.”

In a statement, Roy Slys family, said: “There are no winners in Roys case. We have lost a very dear father, grandfather, son and brother. Nothing can bring him back. We will always love and miss Roy. We will never forget the horrific attack Roy was subjected too. He may have had a drink problem, but he had a heart of gold. Roy would have done anything for anyone. He showed special consideration to his 92-year-old mother whom he had helped care for many years before she went into a home. Mum still asks for Roy almost a year on. We just say ‘he has gone away’. Roy had been trying hard to turn his life around. He had many work placements, including at the local childrens hospice, looking after the grounds. A few months prior to Roys death he had completed a forklift course which he passed. All this and so much more has been taken away from Roy. Our lives will never be the same without him.”

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