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Drug user guilty of murder

February 19, 2013, 11:24 am

A drug user has been found guilty of murdering his flatmate at sheltered accommodation in W9.

Matthew Tinling, 25 (22.02.87), was found guilty of the murder of Richard Hamilton at the Old Bailey on Monday, 18 February.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey in March on a date to be confirmed.

Police were called at 16:20hrs on 9 April 2012 by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Shirland Road, W9, after the body of a man was found.

The victim was identified as 46-year-old Richard Hamilton, who was originally from Glasgow. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as stab wounds to the neck

Officers from the Met’s Homicide and Crime Command (HSCC) investigated and arrested four men.

One of the men arrested, Matthew Tinling, had been housed in flat which he shared with Mr Hamilton. The pair had separate rooms in the flat which was provided by a charity for the homeless.

It emerged that Mr Hamilton’s bank card had been used following the murder and £240 had been withdrawn. CCTV footage caught Tinling leaving the flat 15 minutes before this transaction.

Tinling confessed to an associate that he had murdered Hamilton. Detectives charged him on the 19 July, 2012. Forensic evidence also linked Tinling to the murder.

No further action was taken against any of the other men who were arrested.

Detective Inspector Colette Smyth said: “Matthew Tinling used brutal violence to murder Richard Hamilton, so he could obtain funds from Richard’s bank accounts to feed his daily drug habit. He inflicted fear and intimidation on Richard to the extent that he became a recluse in his own room in the weeks prior to his murder. This was in a place where for the first time in a long time Richard could call home.

“It is the consequences of Matthew Tinling’s violence that will live with Richard’s family forever. At this time our thoughts are with Richard’s family and those who loved him. I would like to thank those witnesses who bravely came forward and gave evidence in this trial.”

Below: Richard Hamilton

Below: Matthew Tinling

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