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Published on Apr 22, 2016
James Fairweather from Colchester, was found guilty by a jury at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
He admitted killing James Attfield and Nahid Almanea at a hearing at The Old Bailey on Friday, January 22 where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
However, Essex Police and the CPS did not accept this plea and he faced a trial by jury who found him guilty of the premeditated killings.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “These were horrific crimes where two people lost their lives in tragic circumstances. The defendant admitted killing James and Nahid but denied their murder was calculated and pre-planned. He then forced their families to endure the pain and grief of a trial rather than just admitting that he killed them in cold blood.