April 6, 2022 3.16 pm

Four guilty of murder in Sam Davies trial, three not guilty

The jury has returned with guilty verdicts for four of the seven defendants

Four men have been found guilty of the murder of 23-year-old Lincoln man Sam Davies.

Two men and one 17-year-old youth have been found not guilty of murder, and not guilty of the alternative charge of manslaughter.

Of the seven defendants on trial, Joe Jameson, 24, of Whitehall Terrace has been found guilty of murder and of making threats to kill by a jury on Wednesday, April 6.

Joe Jameson, 24. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Daniel Heydari, 25. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Billy Gill, 21. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Eimantis Gochman | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Also guilty of murder is Billy Gill, 21, of Hatcliffe Gardens, Eimantas Gochman, 20, of Sturton Close and Daniel Heydari, 25, of Chestnut Street.

Eric Kesel, 19, of Browning Drive; Charlie Wakefield, 21, of Broxholme Gardens; and a 17-year-old boy cannot be legally identified due to his age, were found not guilty.

Sam Davies, 23, was stabbed to death at a park between Coleridge Gardens and Browning Drive in the St Giles area of Lincoln on May 27, 2021, receiving two fatal wounds from one of the seven people facing trial, 20-year-old Eimantas Gochman.

He died around four hours later in Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, and the prosecution case alleged that Davies’ death was an outcome of a plan that he should be stabbed.

The trial at Nottingham Crown Court has lasted over three months as a result of numerous adjournments and delays due to illness for jurors, defendants, barristers and others involved in the case.

More to follow on The Lincolnite soon.