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Jonathan Cramp convicted of murder - Warwick Crown Court

A man who murdered a vulnerable person in Bedworth has been today (Wednesday 19 December) been found guilty of the murder of Julian Perry.

Jonathan Frank Cramp, 37, was found guilty of murdering Julian Perry, 39, whose body was found in his flat in Adelaide Court, Croft Pool, Bedworth, on Saturday 23 June 2018.

Cramp, of no fixed abode but residing in Nuneaton, was arrested the following day after officers placed him at the scene at the time of the incident.Jonathan Frank Cramp Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Jonathan Frank Cramp

Officers from the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit uncovered CCTV footage of Cramp going to Julian's address on the night of the incident and seized Cramp's clothes that had Julian's blood on them.

Julian, who suffered from mental health issues, died from multiple injuries following a 'brutal and sustained' attack by Cramp.

Cramp admitted having an altercation with Julian but said that he was acting in self defence. The jury disagreed and found him guilty of murder.

Cramp will be sentenced at Warwick Crown Court tomorrow (Thursday 20 December).

Detective Sergeant Andy Denny from the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit said: "Julian was an extremely vulnerable man who was exploited by Cramp and other people he thought were his friends. A tragic life ended in the most tragic way.

"Julian was lonely and was just happy to socialise with anyone who showed an interest in him. Sadly for him, his so-called friends exploited his vulnerable nature. During our investigation we heard that Julian was treated as a stranger in his own flat.

"Cramp claimed he had been acting in self defence but we showed that the brutal and sustained nature of the attack went well beyond self defence, and the jury agreed.

"Warwickshire Police is committed to protecting the most vulnerable and I would urge anyone who is concerned about a vulnerable person being exploited to call police."

Anyone with concerns about a vulnerable person being exploited can call police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Issued: Wednesday 19 December, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 19/12/18