Man found guilty of manslaughter following death of 16-year-old boy in Chelmsford

A 20-year-old man has been found guilty of manslaughter, following the death of a boy in Chelmsford last year.

Elijah Clark, 20 of Gloucester Avenue, Chelmsford, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today (May 2), where following a four-week-trial he was found guilty of manslaughter and actual bodily harm.

An investigation was launched by Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate on February 12 2023 after a boy was seriously assaulted close to a park in Waterson Vale. The victim, 16-year-old Andy Wood was taken to hospital where he later died.

Clark was quickly identified as being at the scene around the time of the assault. He was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later arrested and charged with murder.

Following a four-week trial, Clark was found guilty of manslaughter and actual bodily harm. The jury found him not guilty of murder.

A sentencing date is yet to be set.

Following the verdict, Andy Wood’s family paid tribute to him, saying: “Nothing will bring our awesome Andy back, but today’s verdict gives us a small amount of comfort and possibly some sort of closure to allow us to properly grieve going forward.”