Milton Keynes man cleared of drug dealer murder
A man accused of slitting the throat of a drug dealer who was attacking his girlfriend has been cleared of murder.
Ayanleh Warsuma Hosh, 41, known as AJ, died when his jugular vein was severed in Milton Keynes on 28 July.
Andrew Kiernan told police he took a knife from the kitchen as he thought Mr Hosh was going to kill both him and his girlfriend, Amy Custance.
The 35-year-old, of Watling Street, Bletchley, was also cleared of an alternative charge of manslaughter.
Luton Crown Court heard Mr Kiernan had told police that Mr Hosh claimed Ms Custance had a drug debt and that Mr Hosh had threatened to shoot them in the head and kill their families.
After sustaining the injury to his neck, Mr Hosh left Ms Custance's flat and was found by police. He was taken to Milton Keynes Hospital and pronounced dead.
The jury of six men and six women found Mr Kiernan not guilty on both charges.
Correction 14 February 2020: This story has been amended to make it clear it was Mr Hosh who had claimed there was a drug debt.