Man jailed for murdering flatmate

Anthony O'Connell

Anthony O’Connell

A man has been jailed for manslaughter after battering a friend to death at a tower block flat they shared in Aston.

Anthony O’Connell (pictured) killed Andrew Davies-Stanley at the Barry Jackson Tower apartment in a fatal flurry of punches and kicks.

Police were called to the flat by 41-year-old O’Connell who told officers he’d been arguing with his 51-year-old flatmate for several days over some missing money.

He claimed to have found Mr Davies-Stanley’s body just after 7pm on 27 February − but when police arrived they found his clothes stained with blood, later DNA linked to the victim, and discovered Mr Davies-Stanley’s bank cards in his coat pocket.

He was arrested, taken to custody and during routine searches a ten pound note was found hidden down the front of a pair of tights he was wearing.

Further examinations revealed a crutch used by arthritis-sufferer Mr Davies-Stanley to walk had O’Connell’s fingerprints on one end and blood at the other.

Police believe O’Connell may have attacked his former friend with the crutch but could not definitively prove it was used as a weapon.

O’Connell was found guilty after a week-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court in August and, at Birmingham Crown Court he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment; he will serve a minimum of eight years behind bars before being considered for parole.

Detective Sergeant Mick Griffiths, who led the investigation team, said: “This was a sad case where it appears two men, who were once friends, were arguing about money before one of them was killed.

“We may never know exactly what happened in the flat on that night but it was clear that O’Connell’s actions led to Mr Davies-Stanley’s death.

“He will now rightly spend many years behind bars and today’s result brings some closure to all involved.”