Two brothers accused of the murder of Grantham man Danny Walsh were today (Tuesday) cleared by a jury at the end of a 12-day trial at Lincoln Crown Court.
The jury of four men and eight women took less than 30 minutes to return ‘not guilty’ verdicts.
Ben Croft, 24, and his younger brother Sam Croft, 22, both of Barrowby, had denied murdering 30-year-old Mr Walsh on July 28, 2013.
The prosecution claimed that Mr Walsh was attacked as he walked home along Edinburgh Road, Grantham, with his partner and young daughter.
He stopped to complain about the noise from a house party and was then allegedly attacked. The jury heard Mr Walsh suffered fatal head injuries after being punched and kicked.
But Ben Croft, a semi-professional boxer, denied he was involved in any violence.
His brother Sam told the jury that Mr Walsh grabbed him by the throat and he reacted in self defence.
He said: “I felt his hand around my throat. I couldn’t breathe properly. I hit out. It was just a reaction. I didn’t really think. I just did it.
“I remember him looking at me. If he was angry before he was really angry now. I could see he was going to get back up. Then I kicked him. From start to finish it was just seconds.
“To me it felt like the right thing to do. I felt it was necessary.”
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