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Cambridge murderer jailed

April 09 2012
Raymond Boyle Raymond Boyle
An 18-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a homeless man in Cambridge in June 2011


An 18-year-old man has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a homeless man in Cambridge last June.

Jack Robinson kicked and stamped on Raymond Boyle, 53, in an unprovoked attack in an open area of parkland called Jesus Green. Robinson then dragged his victim unconscious into the River Cam.

Robinson’s friend Daniel Mynott, 18, was also present during the late-night attack. After the incident, Robinson and Mynott walked to Mynott’s home. On the way Robinson discarded his jumper, as it is thought that he was concerned that forensic evidence from his clothes would link him to the crime.

Boyle’s body was found at 2am that morning, and Robinson and Mynott were arrested the following day. Robinson was charged with murder, while Mynott was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. Both men had spots of Boyle’s blood on their shoes.

Both denied the charges, but, after a two-week trial at Cambridge Crown Court, Robinson was found guilty while Mynott was acquitted, having claimed that he had tried to stop his friend from attacking the victim. Jurors were told that the pair had been drinking heavily before the incident. Police said Robinson’s account changed several times during interview and later in court.

Detective Chief Inspector George Barr said: “This was a savage, unprovoked attack on a defenceless man.”

Boyle’s partner of 22 years, Carole, and his eldest daughter Toni, said in a family statement: “Ray was a successful man, working hard over the years at a printing firm in Rochdale, Lancashire. His only demon was drink; which stemmed from a difficult childhood. There were long periods where Ray was recovering but would turn to drink when he was under pressure.

“On two occasions he found himself living on the streets for a short time as a result of his drinking. Sadly, the second time ended with his brutal and untimely death.

“He was a father to three girls and a proud grandfather, but never got the chance to meet his third grandchild who was born last month.

“He was deeply loved by everyone who was part of his life and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.”