James Morton – Newark

COURT: Newark man found guilty of manslaughter

A Newark man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of 16-year-old Hannah Pearson.

James Morton, 24, formerly of Pierson Street, was convicted by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court today (Wednesday 19 July 2017).

He was found not guilty of murder.

At about 12:11am on 24 July 2016 Nottinghamshire Police received a call from Morton, stating he had killed somebody. Officers rushed to the scene and began CPR on Hannah, who was unresponsive, while they waited for ambulance to arrive.

Despite the efforts of emergency services Hannah was pronounced dead.

Speaking after Morton was convicted today Detective Inspector Justine Wilson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is a profoundly tragic case where a young girl has lost her life needlessly. I can’t pay tribute enough to Hannah’s family for their bravery, patience and dignity throughout this traumatic time.”


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