Paul Simons Chelmsford murder: Michael Brennan guilty

Michael Brennan Michael Brennan will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday

A 23-year-old cleaner from Essex has been found guilty of a "cold and calculated" murder after stabbing a Hertfordshire man to death.

Paul Simons, 54, from Prospect Close, Bushey, was found in a flat in Chelmsford in the early hours on Saturday 4 May.

A post-mortem examination showed he died from multiple stab wounds.

Michael Brennan, from The Green, in the Melbourne area of Chelmsford, was convicted at the city's crown court.

Det Insp Martin Pasmore said: "This was a cold and calculated murder.

"Following a thorough investigation... the jury have seen through Michael Brennan's defence of diminished responsibility and decided that he knew exactly what he was doing when he lured Paul Simons to the Moulsham Street flat and stabbed him to death.

"This has been a very difficult trial for Paul's family who have shown great courage and dignity throughout.

"I hope that this verdict will bring some closure to them and enable them to eventually move on with their lives."

Brennan will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday.

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