Mitchell Bird, of Wisbech, found guilty of murdering West Walton man Bradley Carter in ‘malicious and brutal attack’ with club hammer

PUBLISHED: 17:01 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 06 September 2017

Murder victim, Bradley Carter, 35, of Spencer Close, West Walton.

Murder victim, Bradley Carter, 35, of Spencer Close, West Walton.

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A Wisbech man who launched “a malicious and brutal attack with a hammer” during a row over drugs has been found guilty of murder.

Mitchell Bird, 29, of Cox Close, was found guilty of the murder of Bradley Carter following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court today (September 6).

The court heard how the 35-year-old victim had gone to stay with Bird at his home on the morning of February 14 (2017).

The next day Mr Carter returned home with blood on his face, in pain and disclosed to his mother and several other friends that he had been attacked by Bird during a row over drug suppliers and a gold chain.

He showed his mother injuries to his knee and his back where he had been struck with a hammer and kicked repeatedly.

Mr Carter’s injuries began ulcerating and the pain he felt continued to get worse and on February 19 his mother took him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn.

He collapsed outside the Accident and Emergency department and was taken to resus but sadly died.

A post mortem examination carried out by Dr Nat Carey revealed Mr Carter’s cause of death was a haemorrhage and delayed rupture of the spleen.

At an earlier hearing Richard Christie, prosecuting, said: “Mr Carter suffered from an enlarged spleen due to his lifestyle and that suffered a tear during the attack. That tear filled with fluid and ultimately burst.”

Bird initially denied assaulting Mr Carter, telling police he hadn’t seen the victim for over a week and that he was unsure of his whereabouts on February 14 as he “was not good with dates”.

Detective Chief Inspect Jerry Waite from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: “This has been a complex and challenging investigation whereby the prosecution has had to prove that the events on February 14 led to Mr Carter’s death on February 19.

“Whilst it might not have been Bird’s intention to kill someone, if you get involved in a fight where you intend to do somebody serious harm and that person dies you can face court for murder.

“I hope this conviction brings some closure to Mr Carter’s family.”

Bird is due to be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court in October.

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