Jury finds 55-year-old did murder Neil Roberts in 2013
A former Castletown resident has been found guilty of murdering his wife’s lover following a fatal fight almost a decade ago.
At Douglas Courthouse this afternoon (24 May) the jury in the trial of Ian Anthony Anderson returned its verdict after being sent out to deliberate just before 9.55am.
The 55-year-old had previously been convicted of the offence in 2015 but underwent a retrial after having his conviction overturned.
The 11 jurors were required to return a unanimous verdict on the charge with the alternative option available to them the offence of manslaughter by reason of provocation or diminished responsibility.
Neil Edward Roberts
Mr Roberts, who was 60-years-old at the time of his death, was found dead at Mr Anderson’s home on Queen Street in the early hours of 1 December 2013; he had sustained more than 70 injuries.
Describing the case as ‘complex’ Deemster Graeme Cook told the jury: “We cannot thank you more for doing your public duty.”
Anderson will be sentenced at Douglas Courthouse tomorrow (25 May) – he’s been remanded at the Isle of Man Prison until then.
The Trial So Far: