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19 May 2016, 16:19
A man has been convicted of manslaughter after fatally stabbing a man in a Poundland store in Abingdon.
Last December, 36-year-old Trevor Joyce, of Franklyn Close, stabbed Justin Skrebowski to death in a Poundland store.
It has been described as a completely random and unprovoked attack by Police.
Today Trevor Joyce pleaded guilty to Manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility which was accepted by the prosecution.
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of making threats to kill. one count of assault occasioning ABH and one count of threatening others with offensive weapons.
Joyce went in to the Poundland store on Bury Street in Abingdon on the 7th of December at 11:20 in the morning, he took a knife from the display in the shop and then used it to stab Justin Skrebowski. He died as result of the injuries he got to his lower back.
Trevor Joyce has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on the 6th of June at the Old Bailey in London.
Investigating officer, Det Insp Stuart Blaik from the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said:
“Justin Skrebowski was shopping in Abingdon on his wife’s birthday when he was viciously and fatally attacked by Trevor Joyce.
“This was a completely random and unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public, which is all the more difficult to comprehend. “Joyce has pleaded guilty to manslaughter today on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
“This will not bring Justin back or make up for the loss that his heartbroken family have suffered, but I hope that the conviction will give them some small comfort.
“I would like to thank them for their support throughout the investigation and on behalf of the Force, I would like to offer my condolences. Our thoughts remain with them at this incredibly difficult and sad time.”
LPA Commander for South and Vale, Supt Rory Freeman said:
“This was a terribly sad incident which shocked the community in Abingdon. I hope that the conviction of Trevor Joyce today reassures the community that a dangerous man is now behind bars.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to members of the public who responded so bravely to the incident at the time, in particular the nurses nearby who helped, Poundland staff and customers and the staff of Santander bank. I would also like to commend the off-duty police officer who, with the support of others, detained Joyce.”