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Zac Evans murder: Man guilty of Gloucester machete attack

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Image caption Ewen Reynolds (right) was found guilty of murdering Zac Evans (left)

A man has been convicted of murdering a 19-year-old in a "swift and savage" machete attack.

Ewen Reynolds, 45, killed Zac Evans in the car park of the Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley, Gloucestershire, in January, a court heard.

Reynolds, of Foley Close in Tuffley, was also convicted of attempting to murder Mr Evans' friend Keaton Jones, 23. He had denied both charges.

Jurors at Bristol Crown Court took five hours to deliver the verdicts.

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Media captionZac Evans "paid the ultimate sacrifice", his mother said outside court
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Image caption The dispute between the two women escalated outside the pub

They had heard how the 24ins (60cm) machete had been used following a disagreement between Reynolds' wife Nicola and Abbie Wood, the girlfriend of Mr Jones.

Outside the pub the dispute between the two women escalated and Reynolds armed himself with the blade which he "habitually carried with in his van", the court was told.

'Horrific attack'

Prosecuting, Christopher Quinlan QC said he used it to strike Mr Evans to his neck with such force "it severed major blood vessels in his neck and shaved off the lower jaw bone and he died almost immediately".

His friend, Mr Jones, was cut on his shoulder, neck and head. Reynolds will be sentenced for the attack on 8 January.

The senior investigating officer, Chief Inspector Steve Porter, said: "This was a horrific attack on two young men with devastating consequences including the tragic death of Zac Evans and many other lives changed forever.

"This shocking incident is a reminder of the fateful consequences of people carrying or using weapons."

Speaking after the verdicts, Mr Evans mother Sylvia said he "paid the ultimate sacrifice" after stepping forward to save his friends.

"He is a true hero and will never be forgotten. Now the truth is finally out and Zac is truly now at peace," she said.

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