TWO men have been found not guilty of murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Kevin Malthouse, 24, from Stanford-le-Hope, was stabbed six times during a fight involving a group of men in Blackshots Lane, Grays, at around 12.35am on July 1 last year.
Three other men were seriously injured.
Jack Taylor, 19, of Oakley Close, Grays, and Dusan Samardzija, 23, of no fixed address, were both charged with murder and three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.
They denied the charges and stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, April 23.
A jury found them both not guilty of all charges today, Wednesday, May 30.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Al Pitcher, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “We carried out a thorough investigation into Kevin Malthouse’s death and the jury have reached their verdicts after consideration of all the evidence we have presented to them in this case.
“My thoughts are very much with Kevin’s family at this difficult time.”