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Man and woman sentenced in connection with murder – Crowthorne

News   •   Jul 12, 2019 16:56 BST

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man and woman have been jailed in connection with the murder of Zelous Smythe in Crowthorne.

Oliver Allerton, aged 27 of no fixed abode, was found guilty of murder at Reading Crown Court on 20 May.

Victoria Quinton, aged 21, of Priestwood, Bracknell, was found guilty of manslaughter. She was acquitted of a charge of murder at the same hearing in May.

Today, (12/7) both have been sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Allerton was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years for the murder of Zelous Smythe

Quinton was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for the manslaughter of Zelous Smythe.

Zelous Smythe, aged 27 from Camberley in Surrey was found with a single stab wound to the chest and defensive wounds to his forearm and hand in Nine Mile Ride on the 5 November 2018.

He died at the scene and Allerton has now been convicted and sentenced for his murder.

Quinton was acquitted of murder but convicted and sentenced for manslaughter.

Both Allerton, who stabbed Zelous, and Quinton, who was driving the car that collided with the victim and subsequently drove Allerton from the scene at Nine Mile Ride, knew that the victim was seriously injured and made no attempt to call the emergency services.

Along with the murder, Allerton has also been convicted of wounding without intent and possession of a knife.

This was in relation to an incident in Reeds Hill, Bracknell, at around 1pm on 6 October 2018.

The victim, a man in his twenties was assaulted with a knife and sustained cuts to his hands which required treatment.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Sally Spencer, of the Major Crime Unit, said: “Zelous Smythe lost his life that day following the despicable actions of Oliver Allerton.

“Allerton and Quinton left him on that afternoon in Nine Mile Ride, knowing he was seriously injured, and essentially they both took the decision to leave him to die at the scene of the murder Allerton committed.

“Zelous suffered from defensive wounds to his hand and forearm, along with the fatal stab wound to his chest.

“The incident unravelled in just a few minutes, enough time for decisions to be made by Allerton and Quinton which ultimately led to the murder of this 27-year-old man.

“Allerton’s actions on that day took the life of another person, Quinton’s actions resulted in a manslaughter conviction, and neither of them considered Zelous’ life during this incident and have since continued to put his family through the turmoil of a trial.

“Neither have shown any remorse with regards to the loss of life caused by them that day.

“Today will not bring back Zelous Smythe for his family and friends, but I hope the conclusion with this sentencing will start the healing process for them.”


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