Posted on 13th June 2014
Three people have been found guilty of the murder of Barry Smith in Kilburn.
Vincent Aitken (44), Emma Aitken (19) and Nathan Doherty (27) were convicted today (Friday June 13) of killing the father-of-four following a six-week trial at Leicester Crown Court.
Aitken’s wife Pamela Aitken (40) was found not guilty of assisting an offender.
The body of 48-year-old Mr Smith was discovered outside Kilburn Welfare Social Club, Chapel Street, on the morning of October 6, last year by local dog walkers.
He had been beaten to death using pool cues and a fence post and his body had been set alight. A post mortem examination revealed Mr Smith, of Mayfield Avenue, Kilburn died as a result of blunt force trauma to his face.
The court heard that the attack was carried out as a result of an incident that took place in the club, where Pamela and Vincent Aitken ( pictured right, top ) were stewards, the previous week.
Pamela Aitken repeatedly called Mr Smith a racist name that is derogatory to members of the travelling community.
Mr Smith’s partner confronted Pamela about this and wrote a letter to the club’s committee. Pamela quit her role as stewardess before the committee meeting.
Mr Smith believed the incident had been resolved and had been drinking in Kilburn Welfare Social Club the night before his death.
The trio of Doherty ( pictured right, middle ), Vincent Aitken and Emma Aitken carried out the assault in revenge for Pamela losing her job at the club.
Emma Aitken ( pictured right, bottom ) and Doherty were arrested at their home in Portland Street after neighbours called police when they heard the couple arguing and start a fire in a communal garden.
They were burning clothes Vincent Aitken had been wearing during the assault.
Vincent and Pamela Aitken were arrested later that day.
All four were later charged in connection with Mr Smith’s death.
Detective Inspector Lisa Macintyre, who led the investigation, said: “Barry Smith was a family man who was popular and was well liked and respected in the community of Kilburn”.
“He was subjected to a prolonged, savage attack and it is incomprehensible to me that three people could do this to another human being.
“It was an utterly barbaric act and one that Mr Smith’s family have found hard to come to terms with.
“I hope today’s convictions allows them to try to put this horrific event behind them and move on with their lives.”
Vincent Aitken, Emma Aitken and Doherty are due to be sentenced today (Friday, June 13).