Man guilty of murdering Rochford dad of two

A man has been found guilty of murder, following the death of a “much loved” father of two in Rochford.

Perry Coulson, 39 of Lesney Gardens, Rochford, appeared at Basildon Crown Court today (Friday July 21) where a jury unanimously found him guilty of murder.

An investigation was launched on Friday, November 25, 2022 following reports of a man being seriously assaulted at an address in Lesney Gardens in Rochford.

The victim, 32-year-old Dominic Clark-Ellingford was pronounced dead at the scene.

When officers arrived they found Coulson outside the front of the property sitting in a car.

Enquiries showed that following the assault, Coulson walked to his neighbour’s house with blood on his clothing and asked to use their phone. Coulson then called his mother to say that he and Dominic had been in a fight and saying “He is dead, I’m sorry.”

After being arrested, Coulson was interviewed and refused to comment to any of the questions he was asked.

The investigation, lead by Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate involved reviewing CCTV and speaking to multiple witnesses, including understanding the connection between the victim and the suspect.

Enquiries revealed how Coulson and Dominic had known each other for around 20 years, having both grown up in Rochford and that they had recently become closer friends.

Coulson was charged with murder on November 27 and remanded into custody.

After a seven-day trial, Coulson was found guilty of murder. He will appear at Basildon Crown Court on Friday August 11 for sentencing.

During the trial, Dominic’s family paid tribute to him saying: “Dominic was a much loved son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and father.

“He was a doting father to his two young children. They adored their time together enjoying adventurous days out, playing board games, listening to music and singing. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for them.

“Dominic had the chance of a promising future in counselling and therapy, dealing with people struggling with addiction. He had gained a certificate in this field and was working towards his goals in life which has now been taken from him.

“His children are utterly devastated and now face a future without their daddy in their lives.”