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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Man found guilty of manslaughter in Tooting

A man has been found guilty of manslaughter following the conclusion of a trial at the Old Bailey.

48 year old Christopher McMahon, of no fixed abode, was found guilty in relation to the death of 50-year-old David Potter at his flat in Tooting.

He will be sentenced tomorrow.

The court heard how David lived in a studio flat above a shop on Tooting High Street and often socialised with other drinkers in the area.

On the 26th of March last year, one of his associates called police with concerns for David’s welfare as he had not seen him for several days.

He had been round to his flat but David was not answering; he also noticed mail building up outside the address.

Officers forced entry to the flat and found David’s body on the floor in a pool of blood; an initial assessment established he had been dead for some time.

A post-mortem examination concluded he had suffered slash wounds to the neck, one of which had severed an artery.

On examining the flat, officers found a number of distinctive bloody footprints on the floor.

They also found correspondence addressed to a ‘Christopher McMahon’.

From speaking to witnesses, including the owner of the shop David lived above, it became apparent that he had last been seen on the evening of March the 20th.

CCTV from inside the shop showed David speaking to staff before leaving at 10.45pm.

At around 11pm, a man, later identified as McMahon, was also captured on CCTV in the shop before heading towards the flat.

The same CCTV cameras showed McMahon exiting the flat at around 3am.

As David had not been seen since, the time-frame for his death became more defined.

Enquiries established that McMahon was already in police custody as he had been arrested for other offences including an incident of criminal damage at a woman’s address where McMahon had kicked in her door to gain entry.

Her address was near to where the murder took place.

The criminal damage took place three or four days prior to March the 21st and the woman told police she had seen McMahon with a knife in the weeks leading up to the fatal stabbing.

Detectives attended the woman’s address.

She stated McMahon banged on her front door at around 4am on the 21st.

As he had previously kicked her door down, she let him in.

On this occasion, his clothes, which were recovered unwashed from a washing machine at the address, were covered in blood and he was drunk saying repeatedly “I’ve done him in” and “I slit his throat”.

Forensic analysis of the clothes confirmed that the blood on them belonged to David.

Officers also established that another man had been living with David in his flat in Tooting.

He was traced and initially arrested as part of the investigation.

He confirmed that he was asleep in the flat on the night of the stabbing and when he woke at about 2am he saw both David and McMahon in the flat.

Around this time, David was telling McMahon about a previous conviction he had for a sexual offence.

The man felt uncomfortable and gathered his clothes before leaving the premises.

CCTV located outside the flat captured him leaving just after 2.30am, around ten minutes before McMahon left.

On his release from prison on May the 4th, McMahon was arrested on suspicion of David’s murder.

He refused to comment during police interview but was nonetheless charged with murder.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:25 pm  

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