Man Admits Killing Man In Clacton

29 June 2015, 16:06

A 22 year old man's admitted murdering another man in Clacton.

54 year old James Gregoire died after he was attacked in the town centre on Monday 13th April.

The town was put into a police lockdown after an argument started and spread across a number of streets.

A manhunt was then started by police to find Darren Gilbert, who made off after stabbing Mr Gregoire.

He was arrested at 11.40am the next morning.

Mr Gilbert, from Holland Road, appeared in court this morning and pleaded guilty to murder.

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Morgan Cronin said: "I am pleased that Darren Gilbert decided to plead guilty due to the weight of evidence there was against him. This prevented the family of James Gregoire having to go through the emotional strain of a trial. While the verdict cannot bring James back I hope this brings them a form of closure to their tragic loss.

"Gilbert is a dangerous individual who faces a life sentence for his actions and the local community will be safer for his incarceration. I would also like thank the local community who assisted the police with our enquiries, particularly the local businesses who showed patience while forensic teams completed their investigations. Without their assistance a number of key pieces of evidence would not have been identified.”

He's been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced the week commencing July 20th.

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