A man has been found guilty of murdering a father from Essex who was falsely accused of being a paedophile.
42 year old Darren Kelly of Voysey Gardens in Pitsea was stabbed after being lured to Caister Drive last October.
Members of the public gave him first aid before paramedics and an air ambulance arrived.
20 year old Chris Carroll of Pevensey Close was convicted of murder yesterday, following a six-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Two boys aged 16 and 17 and a 15-year-old girl all from Pitsea had denied murder and were cleared.
The trio can’t be identified for legal reasons.
The jury was told the teenage girl had arranged to meet Mr Kelly via a messaging app.
But Mr Kelly had thought he had been speaking to a woman and there was no evidence that he was interested in underage girls.
He was chased and assaulted, before Carroll stabbed him several times.
The court heard attempts had been made to dispose of the evidence.
Carroll had thrown his hooded top into a wheeled bin in St Mary s Crescent, Pitsea, and the murder weapon, a hunting knife, into Opal Lake near Burnt Mills Road.
Forensic tests confirmed the knife was the murder weapon and had also been used to slash the tyres of Mr Kelly s car, which was parked in Edinburgh Way.
Carroll will be sentenced this morning. (Wednesday May 18th)