AN OSSETT man has been cleared of murdering an elderly pet shop worker more than 20 years ago.
Stuart Jenkins, 41, was charged with killing 76-year-old Arthur Brumhill in Northampton in 1993. Mr Brumhill was found dead in the basement of a pet and garden shop with 26 injuries, and his body had been covered in straw.
Mr Jenkins was arrested at the time of Mr Brumhill’s death but was later released. He was re-arrested and charged in May 2015.
He had been working at the pet shop for about a month in 1992, aged 17, on a youth training scheme.
Speaking outside Northampton Crown Court, Mr Jenkins said: “I’m relieved. It’s been a long two years. It’s been two years of not knowing where you are.”
His wife Louise said they send their condolences to the family of Mr Brumhill.
Northamptonshire Police said they remain “committed” to forensic developments in the case.
DCI Louise Hemingway, who led the investigation, said: “I’m really disappointed for Arthur’s family.
“There was definitely enough evidence to bring it to trial. It was the right thing to do for Arthur, for his family and in seeking justice.
“This was an awful murder. If we do get any opportunities to investigate (further) we will.”