Man found guilty of murdering man he believed was chatting with his partner

Daniel Griffith

Daniel Griffiths repeatedly beat Andrew Guy with a bat shortly after texting his partner “on way babe, 10 mins”.

After the attack, at the property of Griffith, 43, on Stafford Street in Audlem (near Market Drayton), Mr Guy returned to his mother’s home in Buerton, Cheshire.

Throughout the night Mr Guy, 54, was in significant pain and the next morning his body was found by his mother.

A jury on Wednesday found Griffiths guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Guy following a 15-day trial at Chester Crown Court.

He is to be sentenced by the same court next Wednesday, May 11.

On Friday October 15 last year, Mr Guy had traveled to his mother’s home by train from Bournemouth where he had been living for around four months.

The following afternoon he traveled to Market Drayton and Whitchurch to meet friends.

While at Whitchurch, he received a text message and phone call from Griffith’s partner, from a cell phone which was allegedly used by both Griffiths and his partner.

Mr Guy arrived at the couple’s home in Audlem around 7pm to bring them drugs and shortly after a neighbor heard high voices implying an argument between Mr Guy and the couple.

Griffiths dragged Mr. Guy outside and hit him with a baseball bat in the stomach and leg, leaving him with bumpy marks on his body.

After the assault, Mr Guy returned to Buerton and changed his clothes before picking up a takeaway from Market Drayton which he had promised to take back to his mother.

While waiting for takeout, he texted Griffiths and his partner’s phone saying he was in 10 out of 10 stomach pains and bleeding from the injuries sustained.

When he returned home, the pain from the assault intensified and he confided to his mother that Griffiths had “attacked on me” with a baseball bat.

The next morning around 10.15 a.m. on Sunday October 17, Mr. Guy was found in the bathroom.

An ambulance attended to the property but despite the best efforts of paramedics and his mother, Mr Guy was confirmed dead.

A Home Office Post Mortem (HOPM) revealed that Mr Guy had died of severe internal bleeding from blunt trauma.

Cheshire Constabulary’s lead investigator, Detective Inspector Dave Hutcheon, said: ‘Andrew died a slow and excruciating death due to severe internal bleeding after being hit repeatedly by Griffiths hitting him with what we think is a baseball bat.

“While we may never know exactly why Andrew was attacked by Griffiths, we believe the reason was closer to home than bringing drugs to the address and because he mistakenly thought that ‘Andrew was in love with his girlfriend.

“Since Andrew’s death, it has been a difficult time for his mother, family and friends, and our thoughts are with them since his passing.

“We have worked hard to ensure that we can find his killer and can deliver him and his family the justice they deserve.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the investigation that got us to where we are today, including key witnesses and members of the public who provided information as well as the team investigation and the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Following the guilty verdict, Mr Guy’s family said: ‘While it does not alleviate the pain caused to us by Andrew’s senseless death, we are grateful for today’s guilty verdict. Andrew didn’t deserve to die the way he did, and the trauma left its mark on all of us.

“We would like to thank everyone who bravely came forward to offer help and information to the police, and those who came to court to give evidence so that the person responsible for Andrew’s death can be brought to justice. justice.

“We would also like to thank Cheshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for all their hard work, especially Detective Inspector Dave Hutcheon, Detective Sergeant Paul Nolan and the rest of their team. Detective work is an honor to Andrew’s memory. The support of Family Liaison Officers Tom and Sarah and Victim Support Officer Helen helped us through this extremely difficult time and we could not have made it through without them.

“Andrew was a very dear son, brother, uncle and father and he will be sadly missed. We would like to ask that we are now allowed to grieve in private and accept our future without him.