Mark Roberts killing: Teenage girl not guilty of murder

Mark Roberts Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Mark Roberts was taken to Weston General Hospital after the attack but died 36 hours later

A teenage girl has been found not guilty of murdering a man who was beaten to death in Weston-super-Mare.

Mark Roberts, 35, was attacked by a group of teenagers as he walked home alone after a night out last October.

The 16-year-old girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was also found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Bristol Crown Court.

Ryan Sheppard, 18, of Weston-super-Mare, had already pleaded guilty to murder and will be sentenced in July.

Jurors heard Mr Roberts was left lying unconscious in a pool of blood following the attack on October 12.

Kicking and stamping

The court was told he had been walking through a park when he was approached by four teenagers - Sheppard, who was 17 at the time, another boy and two girls, aged between 15 and 17.

The girl from Bristol, who was 15 at the time, had been accused of attacking Mr Roberts and then using her mobile phone to film Sheppard beating him to death.

She filmed for about 90 seconds during the attack, which involved kicking and stamping on Mr Roberts and repeatedly banging his head on the pavement, it was said.

Jurors heard the video clip was later deleted and police have never been able to recover it.

Mr Roberts suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to Weston General Hospital where he died 36 hours later.

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