Man convicted of attempted murder in Westcliff

Mick Ferris

A man is facing a significant prison sentence after being found guilty of attempting to murder a man in Southend.

The victim, a man in his 20s, had been walking with friends on the bridge between Station Road and Valkyrie Road in Westcliff shortly after midnight on October 30 2021 when he was approached by a man wearing a balaclava.

The man said something to the victim before stabbing him.

He then stabbed him again to the neck and body after the victim fell to the floor before running away towards Station Road.

One of the victim’s friends administered first aid before seeking help from nearby houses at which point emergency services were called.
He was then taken to hospital where he was treated for a collapsed lung and underwent life-saving surgery.

Through extensive CCTV enquiries, officers from the Major Crime team were able to identify and track 23 year-old Curtis Butler to a block of flats in Grovesnor Road.

Enquires with residents identified witnesses who were able to provide further evidence that Butler was responsible for the attack.

Butler, of Great Gregorie, Basildon, was arrested in April 2022 and subsequently charged with attempted murder and possession of a knife or sharp pointed article in a public place.

He denied the charge but, following a trial at Basildon Crown Court, was convicted on Monday April 17.

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on June 16.

Paul Butler, 22, of Royston Avenue, Southend, was found not guilty of witness intimidation.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Kev Hughes said: “This was a brutal and unprovoked attack which left the victim fighting for his life.

“The reality is this assault could very easily have been fatal.

“Through our investigation we have been able to establish that this was a premediated attack.”

Mick Ferris

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